Confidentiality and Medical Records
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Wilderness Road Surgery has a legal duty to explain how we use any personal information we collect about you, as a registered patient at the practice. Staff at this practice maintain records about your health and the treatment you receive in electronic and paper format.
For the purpose of Data Protection for Wilderness Road surgery they will follow the policies of their parent surgery Farnham Road Practice.
What information do we collect about you?
We will collect information such as personal details, including name, address, next of kin, records of appointments, visits, telephone calls, your health records, treatment and medications, test results, X-rays, etc. and any other relevant information to enable us to deliver effective medical care.
How we will use your information
Your data is collected for the purpose of providing direct patient care; however, we can disclose this information if it is required by law, if you give consent or if it is justified in the public interest. The practice may be requested to support research; however, we will always gain your consent before sharing your information with medical research databases such as the Clinical Practice Research Datalink and QResearch or others when the law allows.
In order to comply with its legal obligations, this practice may send data to NHS Digital when directed by the Secretary of State for Health under the Health and Social Care Act 2012. Additionally, this Practice contributes to national clinical audits and will send the data that is required by NHS Digital when the law allows. This may include demographic data, such as date of birth, and information about your health which is recorded in coded form; for example, the clinical code for diabetes or high blood pressure.
Processing your information in this way and obtaining your consent ensures that we comply with Articles 6(1)(c), 6(1)(e) and 9(2)(h) of the GDPR.
Maintaining confidentiality and accessing your records
We are committed to maintaining confidentiality and protecting the information we hold about you. We adhere to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the NHS Codes of Confidentiality and Security, as well as guidance issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). You have a right to access the information we hold about you, and if you would like to access this information, you will need to complete a Subject Access Request (SAR). A SAR may be written electronic or verbal. Please speak with a member of the practice team for more information and help. Furthermore, should you identify any inaccuracies you have a right to have the inaccurate data corrected.
You have a right to object to your information being shared. Should you wish to opt out of data collection, please contact a member of staff who will be able to explain how you can opt out and prevent the sharing of your information; this is done by registering a Type 1 opt-out, preventing your information from being shared outside this practice.
What to do if you have any questions
- 1. Contact the Practice’s data controller via email at email@example.com GP practices are data controllers for the data they hold about their patients.
- 2. Write to the data controller at Farnham Road Practice 301 Farnham Road Slough SL2 1HD3
- 3. Ask to speak to Stuart Pavelin, or Dr Muki Sritharan
The Data Protection Officer (DPO) for Farnham Road Practice is Anshu Varma NHS East Berkshire CCGKing Edward VII Hospital, St Leonard’s Rd, Windsor, SL4 3DP firstname.lastname@example.org and is based at East Berkshire CCG.
In the unlikely event that you are unhappy with any element of our data-processing methods, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the ICO. For further details, visit ico.org.uk and select ‘Raising a concern’.
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.