GDPR and Privacy
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
More information about GDPR and how this affects the information we hold can also be found in the attached Leaflet for patients
Our Privacy Notice for Patients has been updated on 30 September 2019 to reflect recent changes.
Your Data Matters to the NHS
Information about your health and care helps us to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments. The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used.
How your data is used
Information about your individual care such as treatment and diagnoses is collected about you whenever you use health and care services. It is also used to help us and other organisations for research and planning such as research into new treatments, deciding where to put GP clinics and planning for the number of doctors and nurses in your local hospital. It is only used in this way when there is a clear legal basis to use the information to help improve health and care for you, your family and future generations.
Wherever possible we try to use data that does not identify you, but sometimes it is necessary to use your confidential patient information.
You have a choice
You do not need to do anything if you are happy about how your information is used. If you do not want your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you can choose to opt out securely online or through a telephone service. You can change your mind about your choice at any time.
Will choosing this opt-out affect your care and treatment?
No, choosing to opt out will not affect how information is used to support your care and treatment. You will still be invited for screening services, such as screenings for bowel cancer.
What do you need to do?
If you are happy for your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you do not need to do anything.
To find out more about the benefits of data sharing, how data is protected, or to make/change your opt-out choice visit www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters
Important Information about Your Health Records
South Worcestershire GP Services are piloting a new range of services which aim to improve access to clinical advice and support. To help these health professionals provide you with advice we will find it very helpful to have access to your GP record.
This is known as data sharing and allows us to deal with you more safely and quickly without having to ask lots of questions.
To do this we process your GP health record through a secure computer system which is hosted by another NHS organisation on a different site to this surgery.
Before your records can be viewed by a health professional outside of your practice, you will be asked to provide consent
If you have any concerns and don’t wish for data on your health record to be used for this purpose then you have the right to opt out of this process. Simply contact a member of the Reception Team and ask to opt out.
Please read this leaflet for more information Fair Processing Notice HERE.