We ask you for information so that you can receive proper care and treatment. We keep this information, together with details of your care because it may be needed if we see you again.
We may use information for other reasons, for example to help us protect the health of the public generally and to see that the NHS runs efficiently, planning for the future and training staff. Information may also be needed to help educate tomorrow’s clinical staff and to carry out medical and other health research for the benefit of everyone.
Sometimes the law requires us to pass on information, for example, to notify a birth.
The NHS Central Register for England & Wales contains basic personal details of all patients registered with a general practitioner. The Register does not contain clinical information.
YOU HAVE A RIGHT OF ACCESS TO YOUR HEALTH RECORDS.
EVERY WORKER FOR THE NHS HAS A LEGAL DUTY TO KEEP INFORMATION ABOUT YOU CONFIDENTIAL.
You may be receiving care from other people as well as the NHS. So that we can all work together for your benefit we may need to share some information about you.
We only ever use or pass on information about you if people have a genuine need for it, in your and everyone's interest. Whenever we can, we shall remove details which identify you. The sharing of some types of sensitive personal information is strictly controlled by law.
ANYONE WHO RECEIVES INFORMATION FROM US IS ALSO UNDER A LEGAL DUTY TO KEEP IT CONFIDENTIAL.
The main reasons for which you information maybe needed are:
- Giving you health care treatment
- Looking after the health of the general public
- Managing and planning the NHS e.g. making sure that our service can meet patient needs in the future, preparing statistics on NHS performance and activity, investigation complaints