Veritas Health Centre Privacy Notice Patient’s Personal Clinical Information
How We Use Your Personal Information
Veritas Health centre takes in responsibilities in relation to patient’s personal information security very seriously and in doing so has implemented this privacy notice to ensure compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR). In this duty we are classed as your Data Controller.
This Privacy Notice explains why we collect information about you and how the information may be used.
The GDPR identifies Data Concerning Health as a Special Category of Personal Data.
In recognising this we are under a legal duty to ensure any personal information held is processed according to the following principles:
- Lawfulness, fairness and transparency
- Purpose limited
- Data minimalized
- Storage is limited
- We are accountable for our actions
We hold your personal data for one or more of the following reasons:
- For the purposes of preventative medicine and health care treatment
- For the reasons of public interests in the area of public health
- For research of statistical purposes
Health care3 professionals who provide you with care maintain records about your health and any treatment or care you have received previously (e.g. NHS Trust, GP Surgery, Walk-in clinic, etc). These records are used to help to provide you with the best possible healthcare. NHS health care records may be electronic, on paper or a mixture of both, and we use a combination of working practices and technology to ensure that your information is kept confidential and secure. Examples of the types of records that we hold about you may include the following information:
- Details about you, such as your name, address, your carer/s, legal representatives and emergency contact details
- Any contact the Surgery has had with you, such as appointments, clinic visits, emergency appointments
- Notes and reports about your health
- Details about your treatment and care
- Results of investigations such as laboratory tests, x-rays, etc.
- Relevant information from other health professionals, relatives or those who care for you
Your records are used to facilitate the provision of relevant health care services. Information held about you may also be used to help protect the health of the public and also for the wider benefit of the NHS. Your personal information may also be used within the GP practice for clinical audit purposes in order to monitor the quality of the service provided.
Some of this information will be held centrally and used for statistical purposes. Where we do this, we take strict measures to ensure that individual patients cannot be individually identified.
Sometimes your information may be requested to be used for research purposes – the practice will always gain your consent before releasing the information for this purpose.
This practice may conduct Medicines Management Reviews of medications prescribed to it’s patients. This consists of a review of repeat medications to ensure patients are prescribed the most appropriate, up to date and cost effective treatments. Medicines management staff may also conduct audits to help improve patient safety.
How Do We Maintain The Confidentiality Of Your Records ?
We are committed to protecting your privacy and will only use information collected lawfully in accordance with :
- The GDPR
- Human Rights Act 1998
- Common Law Duty of Confidentiality
- Health and Social Care Act 2012
- NHS Codes of Confidentiality, Information Security and Records Management
- Information: To Share or Not To Share Review
Every member of staff who works for an NHS organisation has a legal obligation to keep information about you confidential.
We will only ever use or pass on information about you if others involved in your care have a genuine need for it. We will not disclose your information to any third party without your permission unless:
- There are exceptional circumstances (i.e life or death situations)
- Where the law requires information to be passed on
- In accordance with the new information sharing principle following Dame Fiona Caldicott’s information sharing review (Information To Share or Not to Share) where “The duty to share information can be as important as the duty to protect patient confidentiality”
This means that health and social care professionals should have the confidence to share information in the best interests of their patients within the framework set out by the Caldicott principles. They should be supported by the policies of their employers, regulators and professional bodies; and
- Where it is necessary for the purposes of facilitating any health related and/or medical treatment that you have consented to receive.
Who Are Our Partner Organisations?
We may also have to share information, subject to strict agreements on how it will be used, with the following organisations;
- NHS Trusts/Foundation Trusts
- Other GP Practices
- NHS Commissioning Support Units
- Independent Contractors such as dentists, opticians, pharmacists
- Local Pharmacies in relation to medication and other clinical issues relating to your health
- Voluntary Sector Providers
- Ambulance Trusts
- Clinical Commissioning Group
- Social Care Services
- Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)
- Local Authorities
- Education Services
- Fire & Rescue Services
- Police & Judicial Services
- Private Sector Providers
Individuals have a number of rights in relation to the information that we hold about them. These rights include:
- The right to access information we hold about them and to obtain information about how we process it
- In some circumstances the right to withdraw their consent to our processing of their information, which they can do at any time. We may continue to process their information if we have another legitimate reason for doing so;
- In some circumstances, the right to receive certain information they have provided to us in an electronic format and/or request that we transmit it to a third party;
- The right to request that we rectify their information if it’s inaccurate or incomplete;
- In some circumstances, the right to request that we erase their information. We may continue to retain their information if we’re entitled or required to retain it:
- The right to object to, and to request that we restrict, our processing of their information in some circumstances. Again, there may be situations where individuals object to. Or ask us to restrict, our processing of their information but we’re entitled to continue processing their information and/or to refuse that request
Please ensure that any request concerning our processing of your personal information is provided to us in writing. Ordinarily there will be no charge to have a printed copy of the information held about you.
We are required unless there are extenuating circumstances to respond to you within one month.
Please note that in order to action any request you will need to give adequate information (for example full name, address, date of birth, NHS number and details of your request) so that your identity can be verified and your records located.
Retentions and Destruction of Records
We will only use and store your Personal Information for as long as it is required for the purposes it was collected for. How long it will be stored for depends on the information in question, what it is being used for and, sometimes, statutory and/or regulatory legal requirements.
Change of Details
It is important that you tell the person treating you if any of your details such as your name or address have changed or if any of your details such as date of birth is incorrect in order for this to be amended. You have a responsibility to inform us of any changes so our records are accurate and up to date for you.
The GDPR requires organisations to register a notification with the Information Commissioner to describe the purposes for which they process personal and sensitive information.
This information is publicly available on the Information Commissioners Office website
The practice is registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO)
Who is the Data Controller?
The Data Controller, responsible for keeping your information secure and confidential is
Dr G U Patel
Should you have any concerns about how your information is managed by the Practice please contact the Practice Manager at the following address:
Veritas Health Centre
243-245 Chesterfield Road
Tel: 0114 258 3997
If you are still unhappy following a review by the Practice you can then complain to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). www.ioc.org.uk firstname.lastname@example.org,
Telephone 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745