Members of staff have access to medical records, however all staff members work to a strict confidentiality protocol and any breach of this protocol will lead to instant dismissal. Outside agencies can only access information from medical records by obtaining signed consent from the patient. Information about patients is held on computer and in written records.
The practice is registered with the Data Protection Register. In accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998) and the Access to Medical Records Act (1990), patients may request to see, or have copies of, their medical records or to have them released to a third party. Requests should be made in writing and there may be an administration charge. You may also make an appointment with the GP to have your records explained to you please tell the receptionist that this is the reason for the appointment. Information about patients is not released without consent unless there is a legal obligation to do so.