Confidentiality & Medical Records
The practice complies with data protection and access to medical records legislation. Identifiable information about you will be shared with others in the following circumstances:
- To provide further medical treatment for you e.g. from district nurses and hospital services.
- To help you get other services e.g. from the social work department. This requires your consent.
- When we have a duty to others e.g. in child protection cases anonymised patient information will also be used at local and national level to help the Health Board and Government plan services e.g. for diabetic care.
If you do not wish anonymous information about you to be used in such a way, please let us know.
Reception and administration staff require access to your medical records in order to do their jobs. These members of staff are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the medical staff.
Freedom of Information
Information about the General Practioners and the practice required for disclosure under this act can be made available to the public. All requests for such information should be made to the practice manager.
Access to Records
In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Access to Health Records Act, patients may request to see their medical records. Such requests should be made through the practice manager and may be subject to an administration charge. No information will be released without the patient consent unless we are legally obliged to do so.
Our Promises to you:
- We will respond positively to your privacy, dignity, religious and cultural beliefs.
- We will listen to your problems and allow you time to voice your concerns.
- We will provide you with information about the services we offer.
- No care or treatment will be given without your informed consent.
- Your personal information will be treated in strict confidence.
- Our staff will be friendly, helpful and efficient.
- We will ensure our surgeries are warm clean and tidy.
- We provide health information and community information.
We make every effort to give the best service possible to everyone who attends our practice.
However, we are aware that things can go wrong resulting in a patient feeling that they have a genuine cause for complaint. If this is so, we would wish for the matter to be settled as quickly, and as amicably, as possible.
To pursue a complaint please contact the practice manager who will deal with your concerns appropriately. Further written information is available regarding the complaints procedure from reception.
Sheffield Advocacy Hub
The Sheffield Advocacy Hub is a single point of contact for all Advocacy in Sheffield, including NHS Complaints Advocacy.
The service provides NHS complaints Advocacy for children, young people and adults who reside in Sheffield and who wish to make a complaint through the NHS complaints procedure. NHS Complaints Advocacy is a Statutory service and everyone has the right to access and Advocate.
The Contact details of Sheffield Advocacy Hub are:
Sheffield Advocacy Hub
Michael Carlisle Centre
75 Osborne Road
Sheffield S11 9BF
Freephone: 0800 035 0396
The NHS operate a zero tolerance policy with regard to violence and abuse and the practice has the right to remove violent patients from the list with immediate effect in order to safeguard practice staff, patients and other persons. Violence in this context includes actual or threatened physical violence or verbal abuse which leads to fear for a person’s safety. In this situation we will notify the patient in writing of their removal from the list and record in the patient’s medical records the fact of the removal and the circumstances leading to it.