Your information and how we use it
Every time you come into hospital, information about you and your medical condition and treatment is recorded on paper and computer to help us provide you with healthcare services.
The information we gather forms part of your health record and will be kept in case we need to see you again. Apart from clinical and administrative staff involved with your treatment, we will only share information that other health care professionals involved in your care need to know about. These may include your GP, dentist, health visitor or community nurse. We will not share information if you ask us not to, but we may wish to discuss with you how this might affect your care.
Under the Data Protection Act 1998, we are required to keep your health records safe and confidential. Every member of staff working for, or with the NHS, has a duty to keep any information that they come across completely confidential.
- The Trust staff involved in your treatment need to have accurate and up-to-date information to assess your health and provide you with care.
- A record of any treatment or care you receive in hospital will be kept in case you return for further treatment, and to assist other NHS staff who treat you in the future both in the hospital and elsewhere.
- Your records allow hospital staff to assess and investigate the type and quality of care you have received should the need arise.
- It helps us to review the care provided for you and other patients, to ensure it is of the highest quality, make sure our services can meet all patients’ needs in future and enable the production of NHS-wide statistics.
- It helps us to train healthcare professionals and support hospital research and development.
- It enables the hospital to be paid for your treatment and to support audits of NHS services and accounts.
- It supports the investigation of any incidents or issues that arise
- to notify a birth
- when an infectious disease is encountered that may endanger the safety of others, such as meningitis or measles (but not HIV/AIDS)
- where a formal court order has been issued.
The principal NHS partner organisations with which information may be shared are Strategic Health Authorities, other NHS Trusts, GP practices and the Ambulance Services. If it is necessary to pass on information about you, personal details are removed whenever possible.