Your Health Records
How We Keep Your Information Confidential
Patients entrust healthcare staff with sensitive information relating to their health as part of their treatment. They do so in confidence and they have a legitimate right to expect that staff will respect their privacy and act accordingly.
Confidential information includes the patient's name, address, clinical condition, treatment and past medical history, their personal circumstances, views and ideas.
The sharing of your personal information is strictly controlled by law and will only be undertaken for the benefit of your care and treatment.
In any other instances (e.g. for training purposes) information provided in confidence will not be disclosed in a form that might identify a patient without his or her consent.
The Trust is licensed under the Data Protection Act 1998 to hold data about you for administrative and clinical purposes. To comply with the Data Protection Act we must:
- Ensure that personal data is adequate, relevant, and not excessive in relation to the purpose or purposes for which they are used.
- Ensure that it is accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date.
- Not keep it longer than is necessary.
- Keep it safe and ensure that it is protected against accidental loss or destruction and that it cannot be accessed by persons who do not have a legitimate reason for seeing it.
Please click on the links below to find further information:
- Access to Information
- Access to Medical Records
- Access to Personnel Records
- Information About Cookies
- Freedom of Information (including our publication scheme)
- Legal Statement
- Patient Email Disclaimer
- Privacy Notice (more information about the data we keep about you and how we process it)
Keeping Your Online Records Safe and Secure
By 2015, everyone in England will have access to their GP medical records online. Many other health and social care organisations are providing access to records too, and some people are creating their own health records online.