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Protection and Use of Patient Information
GP's place paramount importance on service and your expectations to provide you with optimum health care and treatment. To this end, we need accurate personal information from you, which we review regularly for changes in circumstances. To ensure that you receive the best possible care and that we can all work together for your benefit, there may be occasions when we need to share some information about you with others.
Everyone working for NHS Grampian or collaborative organisations (e.g. social work) receiving information from us has a professional and legal duty to keep information about you confidential.
Below is the current legal situation with regards the sharing of patient records:
DISCLOSURE OF PATIENT RECORDS
There may be circumstances in which your personal medical record or parts of it may be disclosed to other people, apart from your GP and practice staff.
Usually, your notes would be disclosed in an anonymised form. However, there are times when the record cannot be anonymised, either because it would be impractical to do so or because the nature of the request is such that it is necessary for your name to be disclosed.
Patients should be re-assured that any disclosure of patient information is conducted within the rules of the Data Protection Act and records will only be disclosed when the following conditions are met:
If you want to obtain further information on the exact nature of any disclosure in respect of your records, you should apply in writing to Fiona Paterson, Practice Manager, Old Machar Medical Practice.
Please note that where there are reasonable grounds for suspicion that a serious crime has been or is being committed, which would include fraud or any threat to national security, by law consent of that individual does not have to be obtained.
This statement reflects the current legal situation and not a specific policy of the practice. The practice is posting it merely to draw attention to its legal obligations, and of the consequences of these for patients.