The practice complies with the Data Protection Act and Access to Health Records legislation. Patient identifiable data will only 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 access 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 Authority and Government plan services e.g. for diabetic care.
Reception and administrative 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 clinicians and other medical staff.
Freedom of Information Act
The Freedom of Information Act became law on 30th November 2000. The curlew Practice conforms to the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and have produced a publication scheme in accordance with the Act. A copy of the Act is available from the Freedom of Information Act website: www.foi.nhs.uk