Information about you and your visits to the doctor, as well as subsequent treatment, is held on computer. The practice staff use the computer to perform their day-to-day duties, such as repeat prescriptions, recalls etc.
Practice staff have always been required to treat patient information with the strictest confidence and have been given additional training in their responsibilities under the Data Protection Act.
The practice will not disclose patient identifiable data without first obtaining the patient's express permission. Patients retain the right to opt out of their data being used, and to change their minds before a disclosure is made. Further information can be obtained from the practice manager.
In the event of a complaint the practice may need to provide information about the patient concerned and the treatment they have received to insurers or legal advisors.
Freedom Of Information Act
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 obliges the practice to produce a publication scheme. A publication scheme is a guide to the "classes" of information the practice intends to routinely make available. For further information please contact the practice manager.