Patient Information and Confidentiality
Your Medical Records
Everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to keep information about you confidential.
We have a duty to
- Maintain full and accurate records of the care we provide to you
- Keep records about you confidential, secure and accurate
- Provide information in a format that is accessible to you (i.e., in large type if you are partially sighted).
We will not share information that identifies you for any reason, unless:
- you ask us to do so;
- we ask and you give us specific permission;
- we have to do this by law;
- we have special permission for health or research purposes or
- we have special permission because the interests of the public are thought to be of greater importance than your confidentiality
Personal Health Data
This practice may supply personal health data to comply with its legal obligations from time to time, as directed by the Secretary of State for Health, or other recognised Statutory Authority. Anyonymised data on the use of fit notes is being provided to the HSCIC on behalf of thge Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions. This will enable to the Department of Work and Pensions to undertake research analysis to inform policy relating to employment and sickness absence, including evaluation for Fit for Work. .
More information can be found on the following pages:
For details on how this data may be used visit: www.gov.uk/dwp/fit-note-data
Fair Processing Notice
- Hospital attendances are obtained from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) and matched to our data to create a "risk profile" about you. This is used to tailor appropriate services around your patient needs.
- All information will be handled confidentially and kept secure.
- You have a right to object; please let the Practice know in writing if you wish to opt out of sharing your data, but please be aware this will restrict some aspects of "Risk Stratification" and "scoring" a patient's risk of being admitted to hospital. For more information see these links
Summary Care Record
A Summary Care Record 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 to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.
For more information about the Summary Care Record visit the NHS Care Records Website here
You may wish to opt out of having a Summary Care Record created and maintained for you and you should let us know if this is your choice. In order to opt out from this service please download, complete and sign this form. Please hand your completed form to Reception who will be able to help you accordingly.
You can view a live summary of your own health record through Systm Online. See here for more information
Patients in our area may have received some information in the post about Care.data which is a data extraction service commissioned by NHS England. The data which is extracted will be used to help NHS England to improve services, promote health research and to provide evidence of trends and other statistical information. All patients are advised to read the Better Information Means Better Care Leaflet which explains in detail how the information gathered will be used and what impact it will have on your right to confidentiality.
You can refuse consent for disclosure of your personal confidential data by completing the form below. Please download and complete the PDF and ensure that it is handed in to our Reception team as soon as possible.
Enhanced Data Sharing
In today's NHS there are many different health professionals who look after us and each of these hold seperate electronic health records for each individual patient. This often means that important information about your health is shared via the post or by fax and needs scanning on to your main clinical record here at the Surgery. This can cause a delay in your GP, or medical professional from another setting, being kept up to date about your medical needs.
Our clinical system here at Beversbrook Medical Centre, which is called TPP (System One), is able to link patient records together with other TPP organisations. This helps to provide a more joined up care between us and other healthcare providers. This type of data sharing is called Enhanced Data Sharing or EDSM. By default all our patients are opted in of sharing their medical records held here at the Surgery with another provider via EDSM, but can request to change this if it is their wish.
You may be asked by other agencies who are looking after your health such as Dorothy House or the District Nurses if they can share your medical records. You have several options to share your records and the below leaflets provide more information. Without giving permission here at Beversbrook to share out your medical records all other providers can do is to add to your medical record here at the Surgery, if you give consent. Other providers will not be able to view your record unless you give permission here at the Surgery. You should be asked for permission to share your record in or out by all healthcare providers, unless you are incapacitated and your healthcare provider believes it is in your best interests.
Please note that once you opt to share your data out with us here at Beversbrook, any TPP healthcare organisation who you give consent to view the data will be able to do so. However, you can change your preferences at any time by contacting the Surgery and letting us know.
A leaflet explaining EDSM produced by TPP
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A leaflet produced by Dorothy House regarding Data Sharing
Dorothy House - EDSM Leaflet.pdf
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