Confidentiality

The practice complies with Data Protection and Access to Medical Records legislation. Identifiable information about you will be shared with others in the following circumstances:

  • To provide further medical treatment for you e.g. from district nurses and hospital services.
  • To help you get other services e.g. from the social work department. This requires your consent.
  • When we have a duty to others e.g. in child protection cases anonymised patient information will also be used at local and national level to help the Health Board and Government plan services e.g. for diabetic care.

 If you do not wish anonymous information about you to be used in such a way, please let us know.

Reception and administration staff require access to your medical records in order to do their jobs. These members of staff are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the medical staff.

Choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning

General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR)

From 1st September 2021, all GP practices will be required to supply patients’ medical information, on a regular and continuous basis, to NHS Digital – a project known as GPDPR.  GP practices have no choice other than to allow NHS Digital to extract this information which NHS Digital intend to use for planning health services, commissioning, population health management and research. These are known as secondary uses of your medical records.   Although GP practices cannot prevent this information leaving the practice, individuals and their families can by opting out. This involves registering an objection at the practice to all secondary uses of your personal identifiable data. This is known as a Type 1 Opt-Out.

Learn more about sharing your medical information with third parties  here.

If you wish to 'Opt Out' from sharing your information you can  download an 'Opt Out' form here.   Please complete this and return to The Hildenborough Medical Centre for processing.

National Data Opt-out

The Type 1 opt-out only applies for records from a GP practice. If you do not wish your information from all other organisations providing NHS-funded care to be used for secondary purposes, you should register a National Data opt-out. This cannot be done by a GP practice but patients over 13 years of age can set their preference via the official website, by phoning 0300 303 5678 or by using the NHS App.

To read more about GPDPR and your options please visit General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) – NHS Digital

Freedom of Information

The ICO has published a new Model Publication Scheme that all public authorities are required to adopt.

 

CCTV and Telephone Calls

Please be aware that the practice premises have 24 hour CCTV monitoring in place and all telephone calls are recorded.