Confidentiality and Medical Records

We respect your right to privacy and keep all your health information confidential and secure. Doctors and staff in the practice are contractually bound to maintain patient confidentiality.

It is important that the NHS keeps accurate and up to date records about your health and treatment so that those treating you can give the best possible care. Confidential patient data may be shared within the practice team, and with other health professionals to whom you are referred for care.

Occasionally patient data may also be required for the broader purposes of health care and audit, research and the provision of health care services. Data disclosure will be kept to the minimum required, and if possible anonymised before disclosure. Confidential and patient identifiable information will not be shared without your explicit consent. In some circumstances we may be required by law to release your details to statutory or other official bodies, for example if a court order is presented, or in the case of public health issues. In other circumstances you may be required to give written consent before information is released – such as for medical reports for insurance, solicitors etc.

Access to your own medical records

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you have a legal right to apply for access to health information held about you. This includes information held by your GP on computer and in paper form. You do not have to give a reason for your request. You may apply to view your medical records or request a copy. For copies of records and there is no facility for immediate access.

Fill out an application form for Access to Medical Records.