Finch Hill Health 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 this practice maintain records about your health and the treatment you receive in electronic and paper format.
What information do we collect about you?
We will collect information such as personal details, including name, address, next of kin, records of appointments, visits, telephone calls, your health records, treatment and medications, test results, X-rays etc and 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, this practice may send data to the Department of Health & Social Care when directed by the Health Minister under the Health & Social Care Act 2012. Additionally, this practice contributes to national clinial audits and will send the data that is required byt the Department of Social Care when the law allows. This may include demographic data, such as date of birth, and information about your health which is recording in coded form; for example, the clinical code for diabetes or high blood pressure.
Processing your information in the 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 byt 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). Please ask at reception for an SAR form and you will be given further information. Furthermore, should you identify any inaccuracies; you have a right to have the accurate 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 Finch Hill Health Centre and 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.
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 to opt-out online (national data opt-out programme) or if you are unable to do so or do not wish to do so online, by speaking to a member of staff.
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.
1. Contact the practice’s data controller via email at [email protected] GP practices are data controllers for the data they hold about their patients.
2. Write to the data controller at Finch Hill Health Centre.
3. Ask to speak to the Practice Manager Mrs Rebecca Kelly.
The Data Protection Officer (DPO) for Finch Hill Health Centre is Mrs Rebecca Kelly at Finch Hill Health Centre.
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, www.inforights.im and select Making a complaint.