THE PROTECTION AND USE OF PATIENT INFORMATION
We ask you for information about yourself so that you can receive proper care and treatment. We keep information, together with details of your care, because it may be needed if we see you again. We may use some of this information for other reasons; for example, to help us protect the health of the public generally and to see that the NHS runs efficiently, plans for the future, trains its staff, pays its bills and can account for its actions.
Sometimes the law requires us to pass on information; for example, to notify a birth. The NHS Central Register for England and Wales contains basic personal details of all patients registered with a General Practitioner. This register does not contain clinical information. You have the right of access to your health records.
EVERYONE WORKING FOR THE NHS HAS A LEGAL DUTY TO KEEP INFORMATION ABOUT YOU CONFIDENTIAL.
You may be receiving care from other people as well as the NHS. So that we can all work together for your benefit we may need to share some information about you. We only ever use or pass on information about you if people have a genuine need for it and it is in your and everyone’s interest.
Whenever we can we shall remove details that identify you. Law strictly controls the sharing of some types of very sensitive personal information. Anyone who receives information from us is also under a legal duty to keep it confidential.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION - PUBLICATION SCHEME
We comply with the terms and conditions of the Freedom of Information Act. We are required by the NHS Freedom of Information Act 2000 to provide a Publication Scheme. This is a guide to the ‘classes’ of information routinely made available to the public.