Why do we collect information about you?
The NHS aims to provide you with the highest quality of health care. To do this we must keep records about you, your health and the care we have provided, or plan to provide to you.
Health records are held on paper and electronically and we have a legal duty to keep these confidential, accurate and secure at all times in line with the Data Protection Act.
Our staff are trained to handle your information correctly and protect your privacy. We aim to maintain high standards, adopt best practice for our record keeping and regularly check and report on how we are doing. Your information is never collected for direct marketing purposes and is not sold on to any other third parties.
Information is held for specified periods of time as set out in the Records Management Code of Practice for Health and Social Care.
Our legal reason for collecting your information
The Trust has to provide a legal basis for the processing of your information. The Trust is part of the NHS which has a public duty to care for its patients. Under the Data Protection Act, the Trust may process information which is appropriate to provide the health and social care treatment to patients, as well as the management of health or social care systems and services.
If we need to use your personal information for any reason beyond those stated above, we will discuss this with you. You have the right to ask us to not use your information in this way, however there might be times when we still have to share your information; if this is the case, we will discuss this with you.
What records do we hold?
If you are a patient, we hold records about you which may include: