The General Data Protection Regular (GDPR)
You may have received multiple correspondences from companies on your email regarding “GDPR” leading up to the end of May 2018.
In short, this is an EU legislation designed to ensure that any organisation that holds personal information about you, meets with high standards of compliance to protect that information from any unlawful dissemination or misuse.
Data protection policies have been in place within the NHS for a long time and the way in which your care is delivered, and information protected will not be impacted. The new legislation does mean that all holders of personal information (such as a GP surgery) must publish information for you to understand this fully. Please thus feel free to peruse and download the following documents. If you wish to obtain copies of notes, results etc then a Subject Access Request form can be downloaded below and please do read the brief instruction on it.
Why does the NHS collect information about you?
Your Doctor and the team of health professionals caring for you keep records about your health and any treatment or care you receive from the NHS. This information will either be written down (manual records), or held on computer (electronic records). These records are then used to guide and manage the care you receive.
You may also be receiving care from organisations outside the NHS (like social services). If so we may need to share some information about you so that everyone involved ion your care can work together for your benefit. Whenever this is necessary, your information will be handled in the strictest of confidence and will be subject to the principles of confidentiality.