Confidentiality & Medical Records
The practice complies with data protection and access to medical records legislation. Identifiable information about you will be shared with others in the following circumstances:
- To provide further medical treatment for you e.g. from district nurses and hospital services.
- To help you get other services e.g. from the social work department. This requires your consent.
- When we have a duty to others e.g. in child protection cases anonymised patient information will also be used at local and national level to help the Health Board and Government plan services e.g. for diabetic care.
If you do not wish anonymous information about you to be used in such a way, please let us know.
Reception and administration staff require access to your medical records in order to do their jobs. These members of staff are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the medical staff.
Freedom of Information
Information about the General Practitioners and the practice required for disclosure under this act can be made available to the public. All requests for such information should be made to the practice manager.
Access to Records
In accordance with Article 15 of the UK GDPR, individuals have the right to access their data and any supplementary information held by Aspatria Medical Group.
SARs are predominantly used for access to, and the provision of, copies of medical records.
In accordance with the UK GDPR, patients are entitled to receive a response within the maximum given time frame of one calendar month from the date of submission of the SAR.
In order to ensure full compliance regarding SARs, Aspatria Medical Group will adhere to the guidance provided in the UK GDPR. In the case of complex or multiple requests, the data controller may extend the response time by a period of two months. In such instances, the applicant will be informed in the first month and the reasons for the extension given.
Should the request involve a large amount of information, the data controller will ask the data subject to specify what data they require before responding to the request. Data controllers are permitted to ‘stop the clock’ in relation to the response time until clarification is received.
Application for access to medial records
We make every effort to give the best service possible to everyone who attends our practice.
However, we are aware that things can go wrong resulting in a patient feeling that they have a genuine cause for complaint. If this is so, we would wish for the matter to be settled as quickly, and as amicably, as possible.
To pursue a complaint please contact the practice manager who will deal with your concerns appropriately. Further written information is available regarding the complaints procedure from reception.
The NHS operate a zero tolerance policy with regard to violence and abuse and the practice has the right to remove violent patients from the list with immediate effect in order to safeguard practice staff, patients and other persons. Violence in this context includes actual or threatened physical violence or verbal abuse which leads to fear for a person’s safety. In this situation we will notify the patient in writing of their removal from the list and record in the patient’s medical records the fact of the removal and the circumstances leading to it.
Zero Tolerance Policy