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Confidentiality/Data Protection

All information held at the Practice regarding patients is confidential, whether held electronically or in paper copy. We comply with the Data Protection Act, 1998, which lays down the legal requirements for computer users such as ourselves. Our policy applies to all employees and Partners, and also other people who work at the Practice e.g. locum GPs, non-employed nursing staff, temporary staff and contractors.

The staff will not, under any circumstances, disclose patient information to anyone outside the Practice, except to other health professionals on a need to know basis, or where the patient has provided written consent.

Any breach of confidentiality will be considered as a serious disciplinary offence and may lead to dismissal.

Staff will remain legally bound by the requirement to keep information confidential even if they are no longer employed by the Practice.

If you attend the surgery to see any of the Doctors or Nurses, reception staff will not let any other persons know where you are unless you have given the reception staff permission to do so. We do not give out any of your personal or medical details to anyone who contacts the surgery. We may give hospitals your contact number, but only after we have verified their authenticity.

If you would like to give permission for a family member to speak to the Doctors or Nurses regarding any of your medical care and treatment then please notify us in writing. This information can then be stored on your records.  Please note that when a minor reaches the age of 16 they will also have to give consent for anyone else, including a family member, to discuss their medical care and treatment. 

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