Plain English explanation from Crossfell Health Centre
Your data, privacy and the Law and how we use your medical records
This practice handles medical records according to the laws on data protection and confidentiality.
- We share medical records with health professionals who are involved in providing you with care and treatment. This is on a need to know and event by event basis.
- Some of your data is automatically copied to the SCR or Shared Care Summary Record for direct patient care.
- We share your data with local out of hours / urgent or emergency care service for direct patient care on a need to know and event by event basis.
- Data about you is used to manage national screening campaigns such as Flu, Cervical cytology and Diabetes prevention.
- Data about you, de-identified, is used to manage the NHS and make payments.
- We share information when the law requires us to do, for instance when we are inspected or reporting certain illnesses or safeguarding vulnerable people.
Your data is used to check the quality of care provided by the NHS.
Why do we collect information about you and how we use this?
Health care professionals, who provide your care, maintain records about your health and any treatment or care you have received previously (e.g. NHS Trust, GP Surgery, Walk-in clinic, etc.). These records are used to help to provide you with the best possible healthcare.
What information do we hold and how is this stored?
NHS health care records may be electronic, on paper or a mixture of both, and we use a combination of working practices and technology to ensure that your information is kept confidential and secure.
This practice keeps data on you relating to who you are, where you live, what you do, your family, possibly your friends, your employers, your habits, your problems and diagnoses, the reasons you seek help, your appointments, where you are seen and when you are seen, who by, referrals to specialists and other healthcare providers, tests carried out here and in other places, investigations and scans, treatments and outcomes of treatments, your treatment history, the observations and opinions of other healthcare workers, within and without the NHS as well as comments and aide memoires reasonably made by healthcare professionals in this practice who are appropriately involved in your health care.
This information is publicly available on the Information Commissioners Office website www.ico.org.uk
The practice is registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).
For more information about how we process and use your data please read the Practice Fair Processing Privacy Notice below:
Practice Fair Processing - Privacy Notice September 2018 (.docx)
Privacy Notice for Children (.docx)
Objections / Complaints
Should you have any concerns about how your information is managed at the surgery, please contact Gillian Furness our Practice Manager and our named Data Protection Officer.
If you are still unhappy following a review by the practice, you can then complain to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) via their website www.ico.org.uk, firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745.
If you are happy for your data to be extracted and used for the purposes described in this privacy notice then you do not need to do anything. If you have any concerns about how your data is shared then please contact the practice manager.