Confidentiality and medical records

From October 2007 the Practice will be uploading patient National Summary Care Records to the National Spine – this is an automatic process.

Any patients who do not wish to share their records through the National Spine should inform the practice in writing expressing their wishes.

You may change your mind at any time.

The practice complies with data protection and access to medical records legislation. Identifiable information about you will be shared with others in the following circumstances:

  • To provide further medical treatment for you e.g. from district nurses and hospital services.
  • To help you get other services e.g. from the social work department. This requires your consent.
  • When we have a duty to others e.g. in child protection cases anonymised patient information will also be used at local and national level to help the Health Board and Government plan services e.g. for diabetic care.

If you do not wish anonymous information about you to be used in such a way, please let us know.

Reception and administration staff require access to your medical records in order to do their jobs. These members of staff are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the medical staff.

Privacy Policy and Sharing Patient Records

When you are offered an appointment at one of the Bury GP Federation Extended Access Hubs outside of the Practices normal opening hours, you will be asked for your consent to share your medical records with the healthcare staff working in the service.

Without this consent, you will not be able to be seen at one of the GP Hubs as the healthcare staff would not have access to your medical records.

You will then need to wait for the next available appointment at your registered Practice.

Full details of how and when your records will be shared are available here: https://www.burygpfederation.com/privacy-policy/

Freedom of Information

Information about the General Practioners and the practice required for disclosure under this act can be made available to the public. All requests for such information should be made to the practice manager.

Access to Records

In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Access to Health Records Act, patients may request to see their medical records. Such requests should be made through the practice manager and may be subject to an administration charge. No information will be released without the patient consent unless we are legally obliged to do so.

Date published: 7th December, 2023
Date last updated: 7th December, 2023