The practice complies with the General Data Protection Regulations and Data Protection Act. All information about patients are confidential: from the most sensitive diagnosis, to the fact of having visited the surgery or being registered at the Practice. All patients can expect that their personal information will not be disclosed without their permission except in the most exceptional of circumstances (e.g. when somebody is at grave risk of serious harm).
All members of the primary health care team, in the course of their duties will have access to your medical records. They will adhere to the highest standards of maintaining confidentiality.
As our reception area is a little public, if you wish to discuss something of a confidential nature please mention it to one of the receptionists who will make arrangements for you to have the necessary privacy.
The duty of confidentiality owed to a person under 16 is as great as the duty owed to any other person. Young people aged under 16 years can choose to see health professionals, without informing their parents or carers. If a GP considers that the young person is competent to make decisions about their health, then the GP can give advice, prescribe and treat the young person without seeking further consent.
However, in terms of good practice, health professionals will encourage young people to discuss issues with a parent or carer. As with older people, sometimes the law requires us to report information to appropriate authorities in order to protect young people or members of the public.
How do I provide consent for a family member/ friend to access my medical records.
Please complete the relevant Patient Consent Form and return this to us. Once received and validated, the details of the person with consent will be noted on your record and will flag up whenever your record is accessed.