The doctors and all staff are bound by a code of confidentiality. The Data Protection Act stipulates the conditions governing access to all computer records.
We respect your right to privacy and keep all your health information confidential and secure. It is important that the NHS keeps accurate and up-to-date records about your health and treatment, so that those treating you can give the best possible advice and care. This information is also available to those involved in your care and should never be asked for by anyone not involved in your care. Disclosure of identifiable patient information to any outside agency will only be given with written permission from the patient, dated within three months of the request. You have the right to know what information we hold about you at any time. However, you will be asked to prove your identity prior to seeing your records.
Patient Information - Data Extraction
Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, NHS England has the power to direct the HSCIC to collect information from all providers of NHS care including general practices.
The data to be extracted by GP practices were considered by the Joint GP IT Committee of the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners, as well an independent advisory group.
The General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) will be used to extract GP data each month. Initially the data will cover the period from April 2013 onwards. The identifiers to be extracted are: NHS number, date of birth, postcode and gender.
This will allow patients' GP data to be linked to their hospital data. No free text will be extracted, only coded information about your referrals, prescriptions and other clinical data. More detailed information can be found at www.nhs.uk/caredata