Your Medical Information
Opting-Out of Sharing Your Patient Data With The HSCIC
NHS England has commissioned a programme of work on behalf of the NHS, public health and social care services to address gaps in patient clinical information in order to improve the quality of care and health services for all. The role of the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) is to ensure that high quality information is used appropriately to improve patient care.
However, the NHS recognises the right of every patient to choose whether their data should be available for such use by the HSCIC, and therefore an information leaflet has been prepared, together with a set of frquently-asked questions by patients, for your information prior to making any decision as to whether or not to opt out.
If, having carefully considered this information, you wish to opt out, and you do not want your data held by us being made available to the HSCIC, or you are content for your data to be available to the HSCIC but you do not consent to ANY of your data held by the HSCIC being released (anonymised and under strict legal controls) to legally-permitted third parties (e.g. clinical researchers), please download this form, complete it fully, and return it to City Walls Medical Centre.
Access To Medical Records
You have the right to access your health records. If you wish to view your own medical records please start by asking at reception. The usual procedure will involve signed consent from yourself, and an appointment with your doctor to go through your records so they can explain any medical terminology that you might not understand.
If you wish to have copies of your medical records then there will be an administrative charge of £10.00 for all your computerised records and 40p per photocopied page of your paper records.
Personal Health Information
We ask you for information so that you can receive proper care and treatment. The practice keeps this information, together with details of your care, because it might be needed if you are seen again.
The practice may use some of this information for other reasons as detailed below:-
- To help us protect the health of the public generally;
- To see that the NHS runs efficiently;
- To plan for the future;
- To train staff and account for their actions;
- To assist with medical research.
Sometimes the law requires us to pass on registration information to assist other people involved in patient care. 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. Everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to keep information about patients confidential.
Patients may be receiving care from other people as well as the NHS. The staff in the practice work together with other areas of the NHS to improve patient benefits and the resources needed within primary care and by hospitals. We only ever pass on information about you if there is a genuine need for it, and if it is in yours and everyone’s interest. Whenever we can we will remove details which identify you.
The sharing of types of sensitive personal information is strictly controlled by law. Anyone who receives information from us is also under a legal duty to keep it confidential. Any disclosure of your medical records to a third party will only be done after signed consent to a specific instruction by yourself.