Confidentiality And The Data Protection Act
Information held at the surgery is generally only the medical history. Personal information such as name and address, date of birth, telephone numbers and NHS number are also kept. This information is held in paper medical notes and on the computer. If a patient requires a report for an insurance company, to take out a mortgage or pension, or for legal proceedings, the patient has the right to see this information before or after it is sent to the relevant party. No information will be sent without written consent from the patient.
Patients may access their medical records if they have a specific reason to do so. Any request must be made in writing and the practice has 40 days in which to allow access. An administrative charge may be made. A doctor has the right to withhold information concerning a third party or information that is considered to be potentially damaging to the patient.