Confidential patient data will be shared within the practice health care team and with other care professionals to whom you are referred for care. Your data may be used by those clinical teams providing your care for the essential purpose of clinical audit.
Confidential patient data may also be required for the broader purpose of public health, the provision of health care services, teaching and training. Data disclosed will be kept to the minimum required to serve the purpose and if possible will be anonymised before disclosure.
Confidential and identifiable patient information will not be disclosed otherwise without explicit consent unless:
- It is a matter of life and death or serious harm to you or to another individual
- It is overwhelmingly in the public interest to do so
- There is a legal obligation to do so.
In all of these circumstances the minimum identifiable information that is essential to serve the purpose may be revealed to someone with a legal entitlement to access the data for that purpose.
All individuals with access to your data have a professional and/or contractual duty of confidentiality. This means that all staff at the practice are aware of the importance and legal implications of maintaining confidentiality for all patients, regardless of their age. Anything you discuss with a member of staff, be that a doctor, nurse or receptionist, will remain confidential.
If you are concerned about any of the ways in which your confidential data is accessed, further information is available from the Business Manager. You are entitled to register an objection, which will be respected if this is possible.