Protecting your data
The new Data Protection Act 1998 was implemented on 1st March 2000 This means that you have a right to privacy, which is upheld through any use of your personal information If necessary, information will be transferred to other NHS bodies to enable you to access their services. They are also bound by the privacy afforded to you by the Act. Sensitive data has additional controls Your consent may need to be requested before certain data is used.
What do we use your personal information for?
Our most important use of the information you supply is to give you the safe treatment and care that you need We also create a record to identify you and maintain your personal details. This may include your name, date of birth, NHS number, address, telephone number, next of kin and the name of the GP you register with We may use this information to contact you Your information allows doctors, nurses and other clinical practitioners who are looking after you to: make sure they have the right patient identify what is wrong with you plan a defined course of action for you, ie investigation, treatment,care record the events of your illness to enable treatment and to allow other health care workers (where appropriate) to assist in your treatment and care evaluate the results of your care to see if any further tests or treatment is required conduct screening to seek out illness early, or to promote ways for you to stay healthy
You may ask to see the records held about YOU
Your request must be in writing There may be a charge to have a hard copy Remember You will need to give adequate information so that your identity can be verified and your records located within the 40 day response period from receipt of your information and any fee required.