The Elms Medical Centre

Enquiry & results line: 0161 766 2662
Appointments: 0161 766 2311

Patient confidentiality

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.

Freedom of Information

Information about the General Practioners and the practice required for disclosure under this act can be made available to the public. All requests for such information should be made to the practice manager.

Access to records

In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, Data Access to Health Records Act and GDPR (General Data protection Regulation). Patients may request to see their medical records. Such requests should be made through the Practice. No information will be released without the patient consent unless we are legally obliged to do so.

GPDR

The General Data Protection Regulation is new and it helps us to keep information about you safe. We only share your information with other people who might need to care for you (e.g. the hospital) without asking you first.

Privacy policy adults and children

We have a Patient Privacy Notice Policy for adults and a Children’s Private Privacy Information Leaflet, please click below to view.

Patient privacy Notice Policy 

Children’s Privacy Policy Leaflet

Summary care record

There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.

Why do I need a Summary Care Record?

Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.

This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for you.

Who can see it?

Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record.

How do I know if I have one?

Over half of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. You can find out whether Summary Care Records have come to your area by looking at our interactive map or by asking your GP

Do I have to have one?

No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page.

More Information

For further information visit the NHS Care records website

Download the opt out form

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