Show Side Menu
Useful Resources
Young Peoples Page

Fair Processing Privacy Notice

Fair Processing Notice - SystmOne

Albany Surgery Privacy Notice

Albany Surgery Privacy Notice for Legal Reasons

How we use your information

Albany Surgery Privacy Notice for Improved Access

GP Data Sharing

Confidentiality

All information given during a consultation is regarded as confidential and will not be given to a third party without your consent. Nonetheless, there are rare occasions when a doctor`s duty to the public may outweigh his or her duty of confidentiality to the patient. In such circumstances the General Medical council lays down clear guidelines regarding the doctor`s legal duties. We are happy to discuss any aspect of your medical care with you, and you have a right in law to see your medical records if you wish. 

Freedom of Information

PUBLICATION SHEME

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 obliges the practice to produce a Publication Scheme. A Publication Scheme is a guide to the ‘classes’ of information the practice intends to routinely make available.

This scheme is available from reception.

Practice Charter

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

We aim to treat our patients courteously at all times and expect our patients to treat our staff in a similarly respectful way. We take seriously any threatening, abusive or violent behaviour against any of our staff or patients. If you are threatening, violent or abusive we have the right to have you removed immediately from our list of patients. If necessary we will also call the police.

COVID-19 Privacy Policy

COVID-19 and your information - Updated May 2020

Example supplementary privacy note on Covid-19 for patients:

This notice describes how we may use your information to protect you and others during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The health and social care system is currently facing significant pressures due to the outbreak. Health and care information is essential to deliver care to individuals, to support health and social care services and to protect public health. Information will also be vital in researching, monitoring, tracking and managing the outbreak. In the current emergency it has become even more important to share health and care information across relevant organisations. 

Existing law which allows confidential patient information to be used and shared appropriately and lawfully in a public health emergency is being used during the outbreak. Using this law the secretary of State has required NHS Digital; NHS England and improvement; Arm's Length Bodies (such as public health England); local authorities; health organisations and Gps to share confidential patient information to respond to the Covid-19 outbreak. Any information used or shared during the Covid-19 outbreak will be limited to the period of the outbreak unless there is another legal basis to use the data. Further information is available on gov.uk HERE and some FAQs on this law are available HERE. During this period of emergency, opt-outs will not generally apply to the data used to support the outbreak, due to the public interest in sharing information. This includes National Data Opt-Outs. However in relation to the Summary Care Record, existing choices will be respected. Where data is used and shared under these laws your right to have personal data erased will also not apply. It may also take us longer to respond to Subject Access requests, Freedom of Information requests and new opt-out requests whilst we focus our efforts on responding to the outbreak.

In order to look after your health and care needs we may share your confidential patient information including health and care records with clinical and non-clinical staff in other health and care providers, for example neighbouring GP practices, hospitals and NHS 111. We may also use the details we have to send public health messages to you, either by phone, text or email.

During this period of emergency we may offer you a consultation via telephone or video- conferencing. By accepting the invitation and entering the consultation you are consenting to this. Your personal/confidential patient information will be safeguarded in the same way it would with any other consultation.

We will also be required to share personal/confidential patient information with health and care organisations and other bodies engaged in disease surveillance for the purposes of protecting public health, providing healthcare services to the public and monitoring and managing the outbreak. Further information about how health and care data is being used and shared by other NHS and social care organisations in a variety of ways to support the Covid-19 response is here.

NHS England and Improvement and NHSX have developed a single, secure store to gather data from across the health and care system to inform the Covid-19 response. This includes data already collected by NHS England, NHS Improvement, Public Health England and NHS Digital. New data will include 999 call data, data about hospital occupancy and A&E capacity data as well as data provided by patients themselves. All the data held in the platform is subject to strict controls that meet the requirements of data protection legislation.

In such circumstances where you tell us you’re experiencing Covid-19 symptoms we may need to collect specific health data about you. Where we need to do so, we will not collect more information than we require and we will ensure that any information collected is treated with the appropriate safeguards.

We may amend this privacy notice at any time so please review it frequently. The date at the top of this page will be amended each time this notice is updated.

 

Share