How we use your information
To view our leaflet on what information we store and how it is used, please click here.
Consent to allow access to medical information for a third party
You may wish to nominate a representative to communicate with us about you. If you wish to nominate somebody then please complete this form and return it to us. You will then receive a phone call to verify the request.
Summary Care Record
Enables clinicians from anywhere in the UK to access parts of your medical records (allergies, medication and adverse reactions) so you can receive optimum treatment if you are taken poorly and cannot attend your usual GP.
The consulting clinician will always ask for your permission to view your records and when this happens audits and alerts are generated. From mid-April 2017 you will be able to review when and why your care record has been viewed by a healthcare organisation outside of Abbottswood Medical Centre via your online access login.
For further information visit https://digital.nhs.uk/summary-care-records/patients. If after reading this you would like to opt out, please complete the SCR opt out form and return to us for updating your records.
Summary Care Record with Additional Information
You can choose to have additional information included on your SCR, which can enhance the care you receive. This information includes:
- Your illnesses and health problems.
- Operations and vaccinations you have had in the past.
- How you would like to be treated - such as where you would prefer to receive care.
- What support you might need.
- Who should be contacted for more information about you.
If you would like this information adding to your SCR, please complete this form and return to us.
General Practice Data for Planning and Research
We have been asked to share the following important information with you. This practice is supporting vital health and care planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital. For more information about this see the GP Practice Privacy Notice for General Practice Data for Planning and Research. and https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research
This collection will start in September 2021
If you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital please register your Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice by 1 September 2021.
What data is shared:
Data may be shared from the GP medical records about:
- any living patient registered at a GP practice in England when the collection started - this includes children and adults
- any patient who died after 1 July 2021, and was previously registered at a GP practice in England when the data collection started
NHS Digital will not collect patients’ names or addresses. Any other data that could directly identify patients (such as NHS Number, date of birth, full postcode) is replaced with unique codes which are produced by de-identification software before the data is shared with NHS Digital.
This process is called pseudonymisation and means that patients will not be identified directly in the data. NHS Digital will be able to use the software to convert the unique codes back to data that could directly identify patients in certain circumstances, and where there is a valid legal reason.
If you would prefer that your identifiable patient data is only shared for your own health care purposes, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out or a National Data Opt-out, or both.
These opt-outs are different and they are explained in more detail below. Your individual care will not be affected if you opt-out using either option (or both).
A Type 1 opt out has to be registered by your Practice; please complete and return this form to Abbottswood.
A National Opt out can be done without contacting your practice, at https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/
Electronic Paper Records (EPR)
Allows an instant view of your accurate up-to-date vital clinical information to be available to Out Of Hours service and Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Navigation Unit to enable them to provide enhanced and more efficient care should you need care outside of surgery hours.
If you wish to opt out of this service, please print off the EPR opt out form , complete and return to us for updating your records.
From mid-April 2017 you will be able to review when and why your care record has been viewed by a healthcare organisation outside of Abbottswood Medical Centre via your online access login.
National Diabetes Audit (NDA)
NDA collects information from both primary and secondary care regarding patient diabetic care to help the NHS improve care. The use of NDA information is controlled by law and strict rules of confidentiality. The extractions collects clinical information regarding diabetes along with NHS number, date of birth and postcode to match primary and secondary care records but this information is then removed leaving anonymised data.
If you would like to find out more please click here to read the patient information leaflet or for further information or go to www.hscic.gov.uk/nda.
If, after reading these, you wish to opt out of this data extraction please print off the opt out form , complete and return to us for actioning. We can then add a code to your records to stop the data extraction from taking place.