Data Protection

The Data Protection Act 1998 and the ethical codes of conduct of all health care professionals require that medical data be treated with great respect for confidentiality. Confidential information held at this practice is shared with members of our health care team, as necessary, to ensure the best possible provision of care. All members of our healthcare team are bound by a strict duty of confidentiality.

Sometimes it may be necessary to share confidential data with individuals outside our healthcare team in order to provide you with the best care possible. For example, if the doctor refers you to another health care professional it is necessary to divulge confidential information in order to treat you properly. Information is only disclosed to those who also have a strict duty of confidentiality.

St. Clements Practice has successfully achieved the electronic storage of patient records.

The benefits have been that results from hospital-based tests are transferred to the patient record immediately they are available from the laboratories; patient information is chronologically available at any consultation and copies of all correspondence are readily accessible.

Electronic storage of patient records forms part of a national NHS strategy to further simplify access to clinical patient information by hospitals and surgeries for the future. This has become possible via the new NHS Net which encrypts all information being transferred, ensuring confidentiality.