Information Sharing

You may be receiving care from other people as well as your GP (eg NHS Hospital Trust, Social Services, private hospitals etc). So that we can all work together for your benefit we may need to share some information about you.

We only ever pass on information about you if it is in your interest with regard to your health. Whenever we can we shall remove details which identify you. The law strictly controls the sharing of some types of very sensitive personal information. Sometimes we may have to share information with the Department of Health when giving certain vaccinations. If you do not want us to share this information please inform us and your notes will marked accordingly. Your personal details will not be used for research purposes unless you have been informed beforehand and given your consent for us to do so.

In order to assure the quality of the care and training we provide our clinical records are sometimes inspected by outside visitors. The visitors must make undertakings to keep your records confidential before we will allow them to see them. You can refuse to participate in these inspections by informing the reception staff appropriately.

We can arrange that your name does not appear on the LED in the waiting room when the doctor calls you into surgery if you wish. You can be called by using your NHS number. Please inform a member of staff that this is your preference and ask them to let you know your NHS number. Equally if you have difficulty in seeing the display please inform a member of staff and you will be called when your appointment is due.