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.

GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS(GDPR)

YOUR DATA, YOUR PRIVACY AND THE LAW

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new law that determines how your personal data is processed and kept safe, and the legal rights you have in relation to your own data.

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force on 25th May 2018.

The use and sharing of personal information forms an essential part of the provision of health and care, benefiting individual patients, often necessary for the effective functioning of health and social services and sometimes necessary in the public interest. Nevertheless, your doctor has a strong legal and ethical duty to protect patient information and all information you share with your doctor is kept confidential.

For further details on what GDPR will mean for patients, more information on how the Practice uses your medical records as well as further details on patient rights click on the link below

GDPR PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET

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To request a copy of our Practice Privacy Notice contact the Practice on 02881648216/02881648292 or email reception.664@sfp.gp.n-i.nhs.uk . Alternatively you can visit reception at either site.