What is changing?
In line with the change in data protection act 1998 on May 25th 2018 the practice will now be implementing the following changes:
The Practice can no longer without WRITTEN CONSENT allow access to a patients records to their family members this includes:
- booking appointments
- picking up or ordering prescriptions
- Managing their online access.
- Access to Patient Information (Results hospital letters etc.)
Anyone over 16 must complete the consent forms to allow family members to be given access.
The practice send out SMS appointment reminders and Health campaigns, if you wish to continue receiving the text messages please complete the SMS consent form and hand it to reception.
Medical Access Requests
Patients can now request their medical records free of charge.
(BUT IF YOU REPEATEDLY ASK FOR THE SAME RECORDS THEN IT WILL BE CHARGABLE)
Medical records request must still be kept in writing.
Any medical records requested must be processed within 30 (working) days
THE PRACTICE STILL HAS THE RIGHT TO REFUSE OR CHARGE ACCESS TO MEDICAL RECORDS IF THE REQUEST IS MANIFESTLY UNFOUNDED OR EXCESSIVE FOR THE ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS OF COMPLYING WITH THE REQUEST.
Please be aware that from 1st March 2014 GP Practices across England has been required to supply patients personal and confidential medical information, on a regular and continuous basis, to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).
Where previously you would have to contact the GP surgery should you wish to object for the data sharing. As of 11TH October 2018 this has now changed and now you must go to the ‘Your Data Matter’ website (www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters) where you can find out more about data sharing and opting out.