PATIENT CLINICAL INFORMATION
We ask for information about yourself so that you can receive the best possible care and treatment. We keep this information, together with details of your care, to ensure that your doctor or nurse has accurate and up-to-date information.
Identifiable patient information will only be shared within the practice team or with those involved in your clinical referral or your healthcare.However, some confidential information from your medical records can be used by the NHS to improve the services offered so that the NHS can provide thebest possible care for everyone. This information along with your postcode and NHS number, but not your name are sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information. This allows those planning NHS service or carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you.
You have a choice. If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything. If yiou have any concerns or wish to prevent this from happeining, please speak to practice staff or ask at reception for a copy of the leaflet 'How information about you helps us to provide better care'. More information can you be found at www.nhs.uk/caredata.
Disclosure of non-identifiable patient information to any other outside agencies will only be done after receiving written permission from the patient.
Please note that we send texts to patients' mobile phone numbers as a means of communicating with patients, for example, appointment reminders, recalls for health checks and appointment cancellation. If you would rather not receive text messages please let reception know.
When you register with the practice a Summary Care Record (SCR) is created. The SCR is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.
Having this information stored in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff, such as A & E departments and out-of-hours staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed. If you do not want an SCR created, please write to the practice.