We have a policy for the protection and use of patient information which is covered under the Data Protection Act.
It is necessary for us to ask and hold information regarding you, the patient, in order that you can receive proper care and attention. We are obliged to inform patients that there are occasions when we are required to share this information, e.g hospital referral letters.
When new patients register with the practice, the Business Services Organisation must be informed as they maintain a list of basic personal details of all patients registered with the practice.
Anyone who receives information from us is also under a legal duty to keep it confidential.
You will be asked to sign a form of consent before any records are released to solicitors or other outside bodies that contact us for information.
Under the Data Protection Act you are entitled to access your clinical records or any other personal information held about you. Please ask the Practice Manager for details.
Emergency Care Summary — Northern Ireland, extracts patient data for every consenting patient to Out of Hours and Accident & Emergency personnel. The aim of the project is to improve treatment by giving Doctors a more detailed breakdown of patient medical history.