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Patient Data

We respect your right to privacy.
We keep all your health information confidential and secure (we are registered under the data protection act).
We will keep your information up to date and accurate.
Your information will be available to those involved in your care and the administration of the practice.
We will ask your permission before we share your information with anyone else (unless you or someone else is put at risk by not releasing the information).
You can give permission for someone else to be able to discuss your medical information with the practice.


Access to Medical Records
Patients have a right to request to see their medical records. If you wish to do so please give your details at reception. You will then be sent a form to complete. If you wish, you can download the form by clicking here. Once we receive the form you will be invited to the medical centre to view your records. A small administrative charge is made for this service. Copies are charged for.


Research
We support research to help with the development of medical interventions. As such we are members of the Primary Care Research Network (South west). You may be asked directly or in writing to take part in some research. You are able to refuse if you do not wish to take part and all your details are kept confidential.


Care.Data
A modern information system has been developed, which will make increased use of information from medical records with the intention of improving health services. The system is being delivered by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) and NHS England on behalf of the NHS.

It is important that the NHS can use this information to get a complete picture of what is happening across health and social care and to plan services according to what works best. The new system will provide joined-up information about the care received from all of the different parts of the health service, including hospitals and GP practices.

Your date of birth, full postcode, NHS Number and gender rather than your name will be used to link your records in a secure system, managed by the HSCIC. Once this information has been linked a new record will be created. This new record will not contain information that identifies you. The type of information shared, and how it is shared, is controlled by law and strict confidentiality rules.

If you wish to opt out of this information being shared, then please contact us and tell us that you wish to opt out of the care.data system. We will place a code onto your medical records wish stops any information being shared with care.data.