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Confidentiality StatementPractice Information - Confidentiality Statement

The Dolphins Practice complies with the Data Protection Act 1988 and operates a Patient Confidentiality policy for all services provided. Under the Data Protection Act, you are entitled to access clinical records or any other personal information held about you. Personal and medical details will only be released to the patient, legal guardian or others with the Patient's written consent.

Please contact the Practice Manager for further information and costs, if applicable.

Confidentiality and Health Records

Treatment records kept about patients help clinical staff provide the right healthcare to each person. Within the NHS information, often in a summarised form and with personal details removed, is also used for other purposes such as research, development and audit. Data collected from your statistics is also useful in managing and planning the NHS payment of Doctors and Nurses and looking after the health of the general public.

How the NHS uses your Data

The NHS asks you for information about yourself so that you can receive proper care and treatment. This information is kept together with details of your care, because

The NHS may use some of this information for other reasons for example:

  • to help improve the health of the public generally
  • to see that the NHS runs efficiently
  • to plan for the future
  • to train NHS staff
  • to pay bills
  • to carry out medical and other health research for the benefit of everyone

Everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to keep information

Sometimes the law requires the NHS to pass on information: for example, to notify a birth. The NHS Central Register for England and Wales contains basic personal details of all patients registered with a general practitioner. The register does not contain clinical information.

You may be receiving care and treatment from other organisations as well as the NHS. In these circumstances it may be necessary to share some information about you so that you receive the best possible treatment.

We only ever use or pass on information about you if people have a genuine need for it in your and everyone's interests. Whenever we can we shall remove details which identify you. The sharing of some types of very sensitive personal information is strictly controlled by law.

If your doctor is requested to report information to external agencies such as solicitors or insurance companies, he/she will only do so with your explicit consent.

Anyone who receives information from us is also under a legal duty to keep it confidential.

IYou have a right of access to your health records.