At 4 Seasons Medical Centre we will ensure that patients are informed about how the information we hold is processed and shared. All information will be processed lawfully and fairly, in accordance with the DPA 1998.
4 Seasons Medical Centre has a legal duty to explain how we use any personal information we collect about you as a registered patient at the practice. Staff at this practice maintain records about your health and the treatment you receive in paper and electronic format.
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Information we collect
We will collect information such as personal details, including name, address, next of kin, records of appointments, telephone calls, your health records, treatment and medications, test results etc. and any other relevant information. relation to your care.
Using your information
Your data is collected for the purpose of providing healthcare services; however, we can disclose this information if it is required by law, if you give consent or if it is justified in the public interest.
We are committed to maintaining your confidentiality and protecting the information we hold about you. We adhere to the Data Protection Act (DPA 1998), NHS Codes of Confidentiality and Security, and guidance issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
All health and adult social care organisations are required to share information about patients with each other, by law; this is to improve the care delivered to the patient. An additional requirement is that the patient’s NHS number is used as the unique identifier when sharing any information or data.
Should you wish to opt out of data collection, please contact a member of staff who will be able to explain how you can opt out and prevent the sharing of your information. This is done by registering a Type 1 opt-out, preventing your information from being shared.
Changes to our policy
Your Data Matters - Please read
Your Data Matters to the NHS
Information about your health and care helps us to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments.
In May 2018, the strict rules about how this data can and cannot be used were strengthened.
The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used. You can choose whether your confidential patient information is used for research and planning.
To find out more visit: nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters
For more information about your data rights please visit the Your Data Matters campaign at ico.org.uk
You can choose whether your confidential patient information is used for research and planning.
How your data is used
Your health and care information is used to improve your individual care. It is also used to help us research new treatments, decide where to put GP clinics and plan for the number of doctors and nurses in your local hospital. Wherever possible we try to use data that does not identify you, but sometimes it is necessary to use your confidential patient information.
What is confidential patient information?
Confidential patient information identifies you and says something about your health, care or treatment. You would expect this information to be kept private. Information that only identifies you, like your name and address, is not considered confidential patient information and may still be used: for example, to contact you if your GP practice is merging with another.
Who can use your confidential patient information for research and planning?
It is used by the NHS, local authorities, university and hospital researchers, medical colleges and pharmaceutical companies researching new treatments. Making your data opt-out choice You can choose to opt out of sharing your confidential patient information for research and planning.
There may still be times when your confidential patient information is used: for example, during an epidemic where there might be a risk to you or to other people’s health. You can also still consent to take part in a specific research project.
Will choosing this opt-out affect your care and treatment?
No, your confidential patient information will still be used for your individual care. Choosing to opt out will not affect your care and treatment. You will still be invited for screening services, such as screenings for bowel cancer.
What should you do next?
You do not need to do anything if you are happy about how your confidential patient information is used. If you do not want your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you can choose to opt out securely online or through a telephone service. You can change your choice at any time.
To find out more or to make your choice visit nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters or call 0300 303 5678