In order to provide you with the best possible healthcare, we as a practice maintain records about your health and any treatment or care you are receiving / have received (e.g. in NHS Trusts, GP Surgeries, Walk-in clinics, community care, etc.).
Records which we hold about you may include the following:
- Personal details about you, such as your phone number, address, ethnicity, and next of kin
- Any contacts the surgery has had with you, such as appointments, clinic visits, emergency appointments, etc.
- Notes and reports about your health
- Details about your treatment and care
- Results of investigations, such as laboratory tests, x-rays, etc.
- Relevant information from other health professionals, relatives, or those who care for you
- Records from your previous doctor
We are required by law to maintain these records about your health and we hold this data for the purpose of providing healthcare services to our patients. There are certain circumstances where we are required by law to report certain information to the appropriate authorities e.g. notification of new births, if we encounter infectious diseases (e.g. meningitis or measles), or where a formal court order has been issued.
We may also share your data with others where relevant. Under the Health and Social Care Act 2015, we are required to share data with NHS Digital (they are the national custodian for health and care data in England). This data does not include patients’ names or other identifiable data and is used to support health and care planning and research in England and to improve health outcomes for everyone. We may also share your information with other local services (e.g. Trusts, GP Federations, Community Care) for your direct care and to help with local planning and improve local outcomes.
If you provide us with your mobile phone number, we may use this to send you reminders about your appointments or other health screening information. If you provide us with your email address, we may use this to communicate with you in place of posted letters. Please let us know at the practice email address (see here) if you do not wish to receive correspondence by mobile or email.
For more information about the specific data we collect, how we use it, and who it might be shared with, please read the full details in our specific domain privacy notices below. For more details about opting out of data sharing where applicable, please see below.