What is GDPR?
As from May 2018 new regulations regarding patient information have come into force. GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) seeks to create a harmonised data protection law framework across the EU and aims to give back to data subjects control of their personal data, whilst imposing strict rules on those hosting and processing this data, anywhere in the world.
Every effort is made to ensure the security and confidentiality of your medical record. The practice will adhere to GDPR in order to manage your data and ensure that it is recorded, protected and shared in line with current regulations.
To find out more about the storage, use and sharing of your information, please see the Privacy notices below:
Where might my information be shared? Click the link to find out more.
Opting out of sharing your data
Information about health helps to improve an individual’s care, speed up diagnosis and helps plan local services and research new treatments. The NHS is committed to safeguarding your confidential information and is transparent about how your data is used.
How your data is used
Information about your care such as treatment, tests, diagnoses etc is collected whenever you use health and care services. It is also used for research and planning for new treatments and health services. Wherever possible, the data is used only after identifiable information such as name and address have been removed. It is said to be “anonymised” data.
Data Use Leaflet
Your choice to opt out
If you are happy for your information to be used as described above, you do not need to take further action. If you do not want your information to be used for research and planning purposes, you may opt out securely online, or by telephone or by post. You can change your mind and opt in again at any time in the future. Opting out will not affect your care and you will still be invited to take part in national screening services such as those for bowel cancer and cervical cancer.
How do I make a request to access my data or have possible inaccuracies rectified?
You have the right to access your personal data – that is, your electronic GP record. If you have registered for online services and requested access to your online record you should be able view a version of your medical information. You should request access using the form below, if your online record requires further clarification. In addition, if you suspect that there is inaccuracy in your record you have the right to request rectification.
Your right to access and rectification
Subject Access Request form
Freedom of Information Act
This act sets out the basic rights of an individual to request and receive information held by a public authority. The aim of the Act is to enable members of the public to question the decisions of public authorities more closely and to ensure that public services are efficiently and properly delivered. If you wish to make a Freedom of Information request, please contact the practice with your request. The policy below contains details of how to apply.
Freedom of Information Policy
Summary Care Record
Your Summary Care Record will contain important information about any medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you have had.
Giving healthcare staff access to this information can prevent mistakes being made when caring for you in an emergency or when your GP practice is closed.
Your Summary Care Record will also include your name, address, date of birth and your unique NHS Number to help identify you correctly.
You may want to add other details about your care to your Summary Care Record. This will only happen if you ask for the information to be included. You should discuss your wishes with the healthcare staff treating you.Click here to view a leaflet containing more information.
You can choose not to have a Summary Care Record. You need to let your GP practice know by filling in and returning an opt-out form.Click here to download an opt-out form.
Your records are held in strict confidence
NHS staff keep records about your health and the care you receive in order to provide a safe and effective health service.
Other agencies and organizations involved in your care will have access to your records too (with minimum information given).
Your information will not be disclosed to third parties without your consent unless it is required by law or the health or safety of others is compromised. If you do not wish your information to be shared, please let us know so that we can add this to your medical record.
We are one of the Richmond GP practices sharing information with NHS Richmond to help plan and deliver excellent patient care now and in the future.
We use the electronic patient records we hold.
We will not be using personal details. Only anonymous information about prescriptions and diagnoses is shared.
Safeguards are in place to keep your data safe in accordance with the Data Protection Act and Caldicott Principles.