The practice complies with Data Protection, Access to Medical Records and Freedom of Information 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, ensure financial accountability and delivery of quality healthcare.
- The Practice may use external data processors to correspond with you.
Everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to keep information about you confidential. We only ever use or pass on information about you if people have a genuine need for it in your and everyone's interests. Whenever possible, we shall remove details that identify you. The sharing of some types of very sensitive personal information is strictly controlled by law. Anyone who receives information from us is also under a legal duty to keep it confidential.
Freedom of Information
The ICO has published a new Model Publication Scheme that all public authorities are required to adopt by 1st January 2009.
- The Practice uses external data processors to correspond with you.
SPIRE (Scottish Primary Care Information Resource)
NHS Scotland is improving the way it uses information from GP patient records. SPIRE is a service that will allow small amounts of non patient identifiable information from GP records to be used to help NHS Scotland and Scottish Government improve care and plan services. A new campaign is underway to inform patients across Scotland of the benefits of the service and the confidential and secure way in which patient records will be used to help plan and improve health care services. To find out more visit http://spire.scot/
Clinical Research Studies
The Practice works with Synexus Clinical Research who seek participants for clinical trials. Clinical trials are crucial to protect future generations aswell as helping current patients with their conditions. You may receive an invitation from the Practice to take part in a trial if you are eligible. No patient information is provided to Synexus. The invitation is generated within the Practice and any patient wishing to participate can contact Synexus directly. If you do not wish to receive any invitations, please let us know and we can exclude you from this. For more information on Synexus Clinical Research visit