General Data Protection Regulation
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new law that determines how your personal data is processed and kept safe, and the legal rights that you have in relation to your own data.
The regulation applies from 25th May 2018, and will apply even after the UK leaves the EU.
What GDPR will mean for patients:
The GDPR sets out the key principles about processing personal data, for staff or patients
- Data must be processed lawfully, fairly and transparently
- It must be collected for specific, explicit and legitimate purposes
- It must be limited to what is necessary for the purpose for which it is processed
- Information must be accurate and kept up to date
- Data must be held securely
- It can only be retained for as long as is necessary for the reasons it was collected
- For more information please visit www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters
Our Privacy Notices can be viewed at Reception
How we Use Your Medical Records
Important information for patients
- This practice handles medical records in-line with laws on data protection and confidentiality
- We share medical records with those who are involved in providing you with care and treatment
- In some circumstances we will also share medical records for medical research, for example to find out more about why people get ill
- We share informatin when the law requires us to do so, for example, to prevent infectious diseases from spreading or to check the care being provided to you is safe.
- You have the right to be given a copy of your medical record
- You have the right to object to your medical records being shared with those who provide you with care.
- You have the right to object to your information being used for medical research and to plan health services.
- You have the right to have any mistakes corrected and to complain to the information Commissioner’s Office.
- For more informatin please visit www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters
Requesting Your Medical Information
To request a copy of your medical data you are required to fill out a Subject Access Request (SAR’S) form which will be available from reception.