Your medical record is held with TRMC. If you move to another area your medical records are sent to your new Practice via the Health Authority.
We ask you for personal information so that you can receive appropriate care and treatment. This information is stored on a central computer system, which is governed by the Data Protection Act. The Practice will ensure that patient confidentiality is maintained at all times.
CONFIDENTIALITY & FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
It is important that all patients are informed about what happens to personal information that is stored on our computer system.
Everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to keep information about you confidential and all staff employed by this practice abide by our Code of Confidentiality.
When you register with this practice, you will be asked for information about yourself so that you can receive the appropriate care and treatment. This information is kept together with details of your health treatment so that the practice can always ensure that the care you receive is both appropriate and consistent with your medical history.
SHARING YOUR INFORMATION WITH OTHER ORGANISATIONS
The following sets out the only instances where the practice may pass information to other organisations
Statutory requirements – eg notification of a birth or a death
The NHS Central Register for England and Wales contains basic personal details, but not clinical information, of all patients registered with a general practitioner
The practice takes part in drug trial research approved by the Local Research Ethics Committee. If at any time the research should involve you, you will always be contacted for your permission before any information is divulged. Patients will not be identified in any published results without their prior permission
At times it may be necessary to refer to patient records when dealing with complaints or legal claims. Information will not be divulged without the patient’s written permission
We use some information for preparing statistics to continue to improve the quality of our care. At all times steps will be taken to ensure you cannot be identified
You may be receiving care from other organisations within the NHS. To ensure that you receive a consistent programme of care we may need to share some information about your medical history. Anyone who receives information from us is also under a legal duty to keep it confidential.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
The Freedom of Information Act deals with access to official information and gives individuals or organisations the right to request information from any public authority.
Information about you and the care you receive is shared, in a secure system, by healthcare staff to support your treatment and care.
It is important that we, the NHS, can use this information to plan and improve services for all patients. We would like to link information from all the different places where you receive care, such as your GP, hospital and community service, to help us provide a full picture. This will allow us to compare the care you received in one area against the care you received in another, so we can see what has worked best.
Information such as your postcode and NHS number, but not your name, will be used to link your records in a secure system, so your identity is protected. Information which does not reveal your identity can then be used by others, such as researchers and those planning health services, to make sure we provide the best care possible for everyone.
You have a choice. If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything. If you have any concerns or wish to prevent this from happening, please speak to practice staff or download the opt out form below, complete it and return it to the practice
We need to make sure that you know this is happening and the choices you have.
You can find out more on the NHS England Care Data website