We are registered under the Data Protection Act and have robust systems in place to protect your confidentiality. All staff have access to your details which is required in relation to their roles and have signed confidentiality agreements.
Your personal information may be shared with other NHS organisations when appropriate for your healthcare. In some circumstances, there are statutory and ethical obligations to disclose information to others (such as Public Health issues) which may not require your consent. Personal Health information is used to monitor the practices screening activities. Occasionally, anonymous health information is sent to the PCT to monitor quality standards. Information will not normally be released to family or third parties without patient consent.
Data Protection Act
As a patient at Hilltop Medical Practice, we will hold your clinical records. These will be held in the strictest confidence and we have stringent measures to ensure data security. Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you are entitled to access your clinical records or any other personal information held about you.
You may do this by contacting a member of staff. There will be a nominal charge for this service. Kindly ask for details at reception. Should there be a need to share information about you with other NHS agencies, there are strict protocols to ensure the safety of person identifiable information which complies with the Data Protection Act and Caldicott regarding confidentiality.
Hilltop Medical Practice will be uploading patient National Summary Care Records to the National Spine (this will make your records available to all NHS staff involved in your care). Any patients who do not wish to share their records through the National Spine should inform the practice in writing expressing their wishes. You may change your mind at any time.
Freedom of Information
The ICO has published a new Model Publication Scheme that all public authorities are required to adopt.
Model Publication Scheme - further information