Other uses for your information
The NHS must, by law, notify the government of certain infectious diseases for public health purposes, e.g. measles, mumps,
meningitis, etc. but not HIV/AIDS.
Births and deaths must also be notified.
A Court of Law can insist that medical information be disclosed to them.
Limited anonymised information is also shared with Primary Care Trusts to assist
with the organisation of national public health programmes, e.g. breast
screening, cervical smear tests, and childhood immunisations. Your personal
information will not be passed on to any organisation for monetary gain.
Can I see my medical records?
Yes. Requests should be in writing to your GP. The
request must be responded to within 40 days and a charge may be made. If you
feel anything has been added to the record that is factually incorrect, you have
the right to apply to have it amended or deleted in accordance with the guidance
in the 1998 Data Protection Act.
Can my records be withheld?
We will withhold any information contained in your records likely to cause harm to your mental or
physical state, or that of other people. A senior clinician will make this
decision. Any third party information would not be revealed without their
As a Royal College of General Practitioners accredited
research Practice we may invite you to take part in a research study. We will
only use your information with your explicit consent. If you have been
identified for possible inclusion in a research project you will be asked to
complete a consent form. If you do not wish to take part you will not be
identified further in the study. If you do choose to take part, your information
will be securely held and no identifiable information will leave the Practice.
All reports and results will be anonymous.