All staff are bound by rules of professional confidentiality. An interview room is available for confidential enquiries.
As a patient it is your right, with certain exceptions, to ask for all information regarding your health, whether kept on paper or on the computer, confidential - and to this end, all staff are required to sign a statement of confidentiality to ensure that the highest possible standards of confidentiality are maintained.
When you first register with a practice certain personal details, such as your name, address and date of birth are passed to the Health Authority and to the NHS Central Register. This enables your previous medical records to be located and passed to your new practice. Although the Health Authority database holds information on childhood vaccinations and immunisations and cervical cytology no other clinical information is held either there or at the Central Register.
It is possible, however, that it may be necessary to share some information regarding your medical history with other health care professionals such as hospital consultants, to ensure you receive appropriate treatment. In addition there are certain statutory requirements that require a doctor to pass on information to the authorities, for example notification of birth or death, infectious diseases and gunshot wounds.
In other cases, such as releasing medical records to solicitors when dealing with complaints or legal claims or to insurance companies or employers, information is only released with your written authority to do so.
If you do have any concerns regarding the confidentiality of your personal medical history, or you would like further information. Please do not hesitate to discuss this with your doctor or the Practice Manager, Richard Reed.
A leaflet regarding use of personal information is available at the surgery or click here.