Willingham Surgery

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Access to medical records

Patients have the right to see information that is kept in their medical record.  You can now see your medical record on-line.  Simply complete an application form at reception and provide relevant ID and you will be able to see such things as diagnoses, vaccinations and blood tests.  Once this is set up, you will be able to access your record on the same page as on-line appointment booking and medication ordering.

If you do not have internet access you can still view your records within the surgery.  Again an application form is required and an appointment needs making.

Either way, we can only release medical information to a third party after we have received the relevant written authority from the patient concerned.

Confidentiality & Medical Records

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.

Your Data Matters to the NHS

Your health records contain a type of data called confidential patient information. This data can be used to help with research and planning.

You can choose to stop your confidential patient information being used for research and planning. You can also make a choice for someone else like your children under the age of 13.

Your choice will only apply to the health and care system in England. This does not apply to health or care services accessed in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Find out how this data is used and how to opt out on the following link:

https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/