Oakridge Park Medical Centre 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 the practice maintain records about your health and the treatment you receive in electronic and paper format.
This practice is supporting vital coronavirus (COVID-19) planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital. This transparency notice supplements our main practice privacy notice.
The health and social care system is facing significant pressures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Health and care information is essential to deliver care to individuals, to support health, social care and other public services and to protect public health.
Information will also be vital in researching, monitoring, tracking and managing the coronavirus outbreak. In the current emergency it has become even more important to share health and care information across relevant organisations.
This practice is supporting vital coronavirus planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital, the national safe haven for health and social care data in England.
What information do we collect about you?
We will collect information such as:
- Personal details (including name, address, next of kin
- Records of appointments
- Telephone calls
- Your health records
- Treatment and medication
- Test results
- 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.
In order to comply with its legal obligations, the 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).
lease ask at reception for a SAR form, and you will be given further information.
Furthermore, should you identify any inaccuracies; you have a right to have the inaccurate data corrected.
Risk stratification is a mechanism used to identify and subsequently manage those patients deemed as being at high risk of requiring urgent or emergency care. Usually this includes patients with long-term conditions, e.g. cancer.
Your information is collected by a number of sources, including Oakridge Park Medical Centre. This information is processed electronically and given a risk score which is relayed to your GP who can then decide on any necessary actions to ensure that you receive the most appropriate care.
Your information may be shared if you have received treatment to determine which Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for paying for your treatment. This information may include your name, address and treatment date.
All of this information is held securely and confidentially; it will not be used for any other purpose or shared with any third parties.
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 an opt-out, preventing your information from being shared outside this practice.
If you have previously opted-out of any data sharing arrangements, your opt-out will continue to be valid.
In accordance with the NHS Codes of Practice for Records Management, your healthcare records will be retained for 10 years after death, or if a patient emigrates, for 10 years after the date of emigration.
What to do if you have any questions
- Contact the practice’s data controller via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. GP practices are data controllers for the data they hold about their patients.
- Write to the data controller at the practice address.
- Ask to speak to the practice manager.
The Data Protection Officer (DPO) for Oakridge Park Medical Centre is Gaynor Flynn.
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 the ICO website and select ‘Raising a concern’.