We take the confidentiality of our patients extremely seriously. This means that information shared between patient and GP is not disclosed to another party (even a close relative) without the patient's consent. Often, however, it is necessary for various healthcare providers to share patient information for the sake of patient care, but you will be made aware of this. In other exceptional circumstances confidentiality can be broken, for example, if others are deemed to be at risk, or in an emergency. However, this is rare, and patients would be informed where possible. For further information please see the General Medical Council (GMC) website under Good Medical Practice (Confidentiality).
Patient information is frequently shared between health providers eg. GPs and Secondary care (hospital) doctors. In addition, information may be shared between the practice team eg. GP and midwife, should it be deemed necessary and in the patient's best interests.
Right to requesting information: You have the right to request information about your medical records. A formal written request should be made if you require copies of medical information - there may be a charge for this. We endeavour to respond to such requests within 21 days.
Removal of Patients.
We will reluctantly, consider removing a patient from our list in the exceptional circumstance where the doctor/patient relationship has irretrievably broken down. This may also be considered where a patient's behaviour has been unacceptable towards a member of the practice team, particularly if there has been any suggestion of violence.