We are committed to protecting your privacy. You can access our website without giving us any information about yourself. But sometimes we do need information to provide services that you request, and this statement of privacy explains data collection and use in those situations.
In general, you can visit our website without telling us who you are and without revealing any information about yourself. However there may be occasions when you choose to give us personal information, for example, when you choose to contact us or request information from us. We will ask you when we need information that personally identifies you or allows us to contact you.
When registering for NHS care, all patients who receive NHS care are registered on a national database, the database is held by NHS England, a national organisation which has legal responsibilities to collect NHS data.
If your health needs require care from others elsewhere / outside our services, we will exchange with them whatever information about you that is necessary for them to provide that care. When you contact healthcare providers outside our services but within the NHS it is usual for them to send us information relating to that encounter. We will retain part or all those reports. Normally we will receive equivalent reports of contacts you have with non-NHS services, but this is not always the case.
Your consent to this sharing of data, within our services and with those others outside our services is assumed and is allowed by the Law.
People who have access to your information will only normally have access to that which they need to fulfil their roles, for instance administration staff will normally only see your name, address, contact details, appointment history and registration details in order to book appointments. Nurses will normally have access to your immunisation, treatment, significant active and important past histories, your allergies and relevant recent contacts. GPs will normally have access to everything in your record.
You have the right to object to our sharing your data in these circumstances, but we have an overriding responsibility to do what is in your best interests.
We collect the personal data that you may volunteer while using our services. We do not collect information about our visitors from other sources, such as public records or bodies, or private organisations. We do not collect or use personal data for any purpose other than that indicated below:
- send you confirmation of requests that you have made to us
- send you information when you request it.
We intend to protect the quality and integrity of your personally identifiable information and we have implemented appropriate technical and organisational measures to do so. We ensure that your personal data will not be disclosed to government institutions and authorities except if required by law or other regulation.
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should be aware that we don’t have any control over the other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting these sites.