This privacy notice explains why Yealm Medical Centre collects information about you, how we keep it safe and confidential and how that information may be used.

A detailed privacy notice is available in surgery, or on our website

We collect and hold data for the sole purpose of providing healthcare services to our patients. In carrying out this role we may collect information about you, which helps us respond to your queries or secure specialist services. We may keep your information in written form and/or in digital form. The records may include basic details about you, such as your name and address. They may also contain more sensitive information about your health or outcomes of needs assessments.
 

We maintain our duty of confidentiality to you always. We will only ever use or pass on information about you if others involved in your care have a genuine need for it. We will not disclose your information to any third party without your permission unless there are exceptional circumstances (i.e. life or death situations), or where the law requires information to be passed on.

Confidential patient data wll be shared within the health care team at the practice, including nursing staff, admin staff, secretaries and receptionists, and with other health care professionals to whom a patient is referred. Those individuals have a professional and contractual duty of confidentiality.
We are sometimes legally obliged to disclose information about patients to relevant authorities. In these circumstances the minimum identifiable information that is essential to serve that legal purpose will be disclosed.
 

Yealm Medical Centre sometimes undertakes accredited research projects. Where this involves accessing identifiable patient information, we will only do so with the explicit consent of the individual and Research Ethics Committee approval.

You have the right to opt-out (or object) to ways in which your information is shared, both for direct medical care purposes (such as the national NHS data sharing schemes), i.e. primary uses of your information, or for purposes other than your direct medical care – so called secondary uses.

You have the right to access your own GP record. Details of how to do this can be found on our web site or in our practice booklet.

We are registered as a data controller and our registration can be viewed online in the public register at:

http://ico.org.uk/what_we_cover/register_of_data_controllers  

Drs Davies, Cooper, Morrison, Goodall, Jack and Seddon