Park and Thorntree Surgeries Policy for Information Governance is available upon request 

What is GDPR?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulations and is a new piece of legislation that will supersede the Data Protection Act. It will not only apply to the UK and EU; if covers anywhere in the in which data about EU citizens is processed.

The GDPR is similar to the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998 (which the practice already complies with), but strengthens many of the DPA’s principles. The main changes are:

    • Practices must comply with subject access request
    • Where we need your consent to process data, this consent must be freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous
    • There are new, special protections for patient data
    • The Information Commissioner's Officer must be notified within 72 hours of a data breach
    • Higher fines for data breached – up to 20 million euros

How we use your medical records

Important information for patients

    • This practice handles medical records in-line with laws on data protection and confidentiality 
    • We share medical records with those who are involved in providing you with care and treatment.
    • In some circumstances we will also share medical records for medical research, for example to find out more about why people get ill.
    • We share information when the law requires us to do so, for example, to prevent infectious disease from spreading or check the care being provided to you is safe
    • You have the right to be given a copy of your medical record
    • You have the right to object to your medical records being shared with those who provide you with care 
    • You have the right to object to your information being used for medical research and to plan health services.
    • You have the right to have any mistakes corrected and to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office. Please see the Practice Privacy Notice on the Website or speak to a member of staff for more information about your rights.

Subject Access Request (SAR)

Patients can ask to have access to their medical records at any time, should you wish to have access to your records, either in full time or part, then please follow the link below to complete a SAR form. Remember you can access your records online simply by popping into the surgery with ID and we will provide you with a log in and password.

Subject Access Request (SAR)

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