Relevant information about all of our patients is held on the practice computer system. We are registered under the Data Protection Act and as such all information held by the practice is protected by the Act.
Patients should note that under the Freedom of Information Act, they are not only at liberty to see information held about them by the Practice, but can have access to general practice information.
All patient information is strictly confidential and your permission will be sought to release relevant information to outside agencies, (such as insurance companies) before action is taken.
As discussed in earlier sections, we do need to obtain patients' written permission before we can disclose any information to Carers. If you have a Carer we will need to know about this and we will ask for your written permission to authorise your Carer to act on your behalf whenever necessary. This may be for such reasons as ordering repeat prescriptions, or obtaining test results for you, or asking a Doctor to visit you if you become ill. Of course you can determine the level of disclosure you wish to agree to.
Patient Care Data:
Extractions of GP data for care.data will begin in spring 2014. Practices will be notified by their GP system supplier in advance of any planned data extraction and will be required to agree the extract before it can be sent to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). Note this data extract should not be confused with planned QOF extracts for the purposes of GP payments in January.
Patients will now have received information about Patient Care Data Extraction. This will have been received through a recent mail shot sent to patients.
Practices cannot opt out of extractions for care.data. Using its powers under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, NHS England has directed the HSCIC to make this collection. These Directions give the HSCIC the power to require the information and GPs are legally obliged to comply with that requirement.
A copy of the leaflet is available at http://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/tsd/care-data/. Note that the patient information line does not come into effect until 6 January 2014. From 6 January until 31st March 2014, you can refer patients who have questions or queries in relation to this leaflet to the patient information line. The number is 0300 456 3531 and is on the back of the leaflet. It is important to note that if a patient objects to their confidential information being shared then the GP practice will need to add the relevant objection codes into a patient's record. The patient information line cannot register objections. The patient information line will only be able to manage calls in relation to the content of the leaflet.
You can decide to opt-out of this Data Collection yourselves however. Please inform the surgery if this is your decision.