Privacy Notice – GDPR
This Privacy Notice explains what information we collect about you, how we store this information, how long we retain it and with whom and for which legal purpose we may share it.
Who are we?
Four Acre Health Centre employs more than 10 employees and runs from one site at Four Acre Health Centre.
Our Practice is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to process personal and special categories of information under the Data Protection Act 2018 and our registration number is Z4705231.
Why do we collect personal information about you?
The staff caring for you need to collect and maintain information about your health, treatment and care, so that you can be given the best possible care. This personal information can be held in a variety of formats, including paper records, electronically on computer systems, in video and audio files.
What is our legal basis for processing personal information about you?
Any personal information we hold about you is processed for the purposes of ‘provision of health or social care or treatment or the management of health of social care systems and services under chapter 2, section 9 of the Data Protection Act 2018
For further information on this legislation please visit: www.legislation.gov.uk.
What personal information do we need to collect about you and how do we obtain it?
Personal information about you is collected in a number of ways. This can be from referral details from our staff, other 3rd parties or hospitals, directly from you or your authorised representative.
We will likely hold the following basic personal information about you: your name, address (including correspondence), telephone numbers, date of birth, next of kin contacts, etc.
We might also hold your email address, marital status, occupation, overseas status, place of birth and preferred name or maiden name.
In addition to the above, we may hold sensitive personal information about you which could include:
- Notes and reports about your health, treatment and care, including:
- your medical conditions
- results of investigations, such as x-rays and laboratory tests
- future care you may need
- personal information from people who care for and know you, such as relatives and health or social
- care professionals
- other personal information such as smoking status and any learning disabilities
- Your religion and ethnic origin
- Whether or not you are subject to any protection orders regarding your health, wellbeing and human rights (safeguarding status).
It is important for us to have a complete picture of you as this will assist staff to deliver appropriate treatment and care plans in accordance with your needs.
What do we do with your personal information?
Your records are used to directly, manage and deliver healthcare to you to ensure that:
- The staff involved in your care have accurate and up to date information to assess and advice on the most appropriate care for you.
- Staff have the information they need to be able to assess and improve the quality and type of care you receive.
- Appropriate information is available if you see another healthcare professional, or are referred to a specialist or another part of the NHS, social care or health provider.
The personal information we collect about you may also be used to:
- Remind you about your appointments and send you relevant correspondence.
- review the care we provide to ensure it is of the highest standard and quality, e.g. through audit or service improvement;
- support the funding of your care, e.g. with commissioning organisations;
- prepare statistics on NHS performance to meet the needs of the population or for the Department of Health and other regulatory bodies;
- help to train and educate healthcare professionals;
- report and investigate complaints, claims and untoward incidents;
- report events to the appropriate authorities when we are required to do so by law;
- review your suitability for research study or clinical trial
- contact you with regards to patient satisfaction surveys relating to services you have used within our hospital so as to further improve our services to patients
Where possible, we will always look to anonymise/pseudonymise your personal information so as to protect patient confidentiality, unless there is a legal basis that permits us to use it and we will only use/ share the minimum information necessary.
Who do we share your information with and why?
We may need to share relevant personal information with other NHS organisations. For example, we may share your information for healthcare purposes with health authorities such as NHS England, Public Health England, NHS Practice, other general practitioners (GPs), ambulance services, primary care agencies, etc.
We will also share information with other parts of the NHS and those contracted to provide services to the NHS in order to support your healthcare needs.
We may need to share information from your health records with other non-NHS organisations from which you are also receiving care, such as Social Services or private care homes. However, we will not disclose any health information to third parties without your explicit consent unless there are circumstances, such as when the health or safety of others is at risk or where current legislation permits or requires it.
There are occasions where the Practice is required by law to share information provided to us with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.
There may also be situations where we are under a duty to share your information, due to a legal requirement. This includes, but is not limited to, disclosure under a court order, sharing with the Care Quality Commission for inspection purposes, the police for the prevention or detection of crime or where there is an overriding public
interest to prevent abuse or serious harm to others and other public bodies (e.g. HMRC for the misuse of public funds in order to prevent and detect fraud).
For any request to transfer your data internationally outside the UK/EU, we will make sure that an adequate level of protection is satisfied before the transfer.
The Practice is required to protect your personal information, inform you of how your personal information will be used, and allow you to decide if and how your personal information can be shared.
Personal information you provide to the Practice in confidence will only be used for the purposes explained to you and to which you have consented. Unless, there are exceptional circumstances, such as when the health or safety of others is at risk, where the law requires it or there is an overriding public interest to do so. Where there is cause to do this, the Practice will always do its best to notify you of this sharing.
How we maintain your records
Your personal information is held in both paper and electronic forms for specified periods of time as set out in the NHS Records Management Code of Practice for Health and Social Care and National Archives Requirements.
We hold and process your information in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 as amended by the GDPR 2016, as explained above. In addition, everyone working for the NHS must comply with the Common Law Duty of Confidentiality and various national and professional standards and requirements.
We have a duty to:
- maintain full and accurate records of the care we provide to you;
- keep records about you confidential and secure;
- provide information in a format that is accessible to you.
Use of Email – Some services in the Practice provide the option to communicate with patients via email. Please be aware that the Practice cannot guarantee the security of this information whilst in transit, and by requesting this service you are accepting this risk.
Further information can be found in our Information Governance policies, which are available at: www.sthk.nhs.uk
How long do we keep your information?
All records held by the Practice will be kept for the duration specified by national guidance from the Department of Health.
Confidential information is securely destroyed in accordance with this code of practice.