Confidentiality and Disclosure
Every person working within the Practice is contractually obliged to maintain the highest levels of confidentiality at all times in accordance with the regulations set out in both the Data Protection Act (1998) and the Caldicott Report.
We will not reveal, to anybody outside the practice, personal information learned in the course of our work, or due to our presence in the surgery, without the patient’s consent. If a patient or another person is at grave risk of serious harm, which disclosure to an appropriate person would prevent, advice will be sought from colleagues within the practice or from a professional / regulatory / defence body, in order to decide whether disclosure without consent is justified to protect the patient or another person. Work done and access to information will always and only be in strict accordance with the job role being undertaken and on a strict need to know basis. If a decision is taken to disclose, the patient will always be informed before disclosure is made, unless to do so could be dangerous. Any decision to disclose information to protect health, safety or well-being will be based on the degree of current or potential harm, not the age of the patient. If you have any concerns regarding issues of confidentiality, speak in confidence to the Practice Manager
Further information about your health records and data protection
Information Governance Leaflet
Freedom of Information
The ICO has published a new Model Publication Scheme that all public authorities are required to adopt by 1st January 2009.
Freedom of Information Policy