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Data Protection & Confidentiality

Confidentiality

ConfidentialityDoctors and Staff in the practice have access to your medical reocrds to enable them to their jobs.  From time to time information may be shared with others involved in your care if it is necessary.   anyone with access to your record is properly trained in confidentiality issues and is governed by both a legal and contractual duty to keep your details private.  All patients, whether under or over 16 years of age, are entitled to confidentiality by all members of the practice team. All consultations are strictly confidential.

 

Data Protection

All patients’ records on file or on the computer are confidential and governed by the Data Protection Act. In order to maintain confidentiality, laboratory tests and x-rays results will only be given to patients themselves or to parents of minors, if appropriate.

At times other health advisors i.e. District Nurses, Health Visitors, Hospitals, PCT (for audit purposes) may need access to information in your medical records and, as a training practice, the University of Manchester needs access to records in order to undertake annual assessment. In such circumstances the practice complies with the Data Protection Act.

 

Access to Medical Records

Patients have the right of access to health information recorded about them, subject to certain exceptions.  A written request must be made to the Practice and signed by the patient.  A fee will be charged based on the Data Protection and Freedom of Inforamtion Guidance.

Further information on Data Protection and access please ask our reception staff for a leaflet.



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