The Bell Surgery's Privacy Notice
For full details about how we manage and use your data please see the Bell Surgery's Privacy Notice
How we use your information
The Bell Surgery collects and holds data about you for the purposes of providing safe and effective healthcare.
We manage your patient information in accordance with existing laws and guidance from organisations that govern the provision of healthcare in England such as the Department of Health and General Medical Council.
Summary Care Record (SCR)
The NHS in England uses a national electronic record called the Summary Care Record (SCR) to support patient care. It contains key information from your GP record. Your SCR provides authorised healthcare staff with faster, secure access to essential information about you in an emergency or when you need unplanned care, where such information would otherwise be unavailable.
Summary Care Records are there to improve the safety and quality of your care. SCR core information comprises your allergies, adverse reactions and medications.
An SCR with additional information can also include reason for medication, vaccinations, significant diagnoses / problems, significant procedures, anticipatory care information and end of life care information.
Additional information can only be added to your SCR with your agreement other than in particular circumstances required by law, such as a public health emergency like an outbreak of a pandemic disease.
You will need to advise the Surgery to include Additional Information in your SCR.
SCRs improve care, but if you don't want to have one you can opt-out.
However, be aware that if you choose to opt-out of SCR or do not include your additional information, NHS healthcare staff caring for you outside of this surgery may not be aware of your current medications, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had, in order to treat you safely in an emergency.
If you wish to opt-out of having an SCR please complete an opt-out form and return it to the practice.
Further information about your SCR can be found at Summary Care Records Patient Information.
Your Data Matters to the NHS
Whenever you use a health or care service, such as attending Accident & Emergency or using Community Care services, important information about you is collected in a patient record for that service. Collecting this information helps to ensure you get the best possible care and treatment.
The information collected about you when you use these services can also be used and provided to other organisations for purposes beyond your individual care, for instance to help with:
- improving the quality and standards of care provided
- research into the development of new treatments
- preventing illness and diseases
- monitoring safety
- planning services
This may only take place when there is a clear legal basis to use this information. All these uses help to provide better health and care for you, your family and future generations. Confidential patient information about your health and care is only used like this where allowed by law.
Most of the time, anonymised data is used for research and planning so that you cannot be identified in which case your confidential patient information isn’t needed.
You have a choice about whether you want your confidential patient information to be used in this way. If you are happy with this use of information you do not need to do anything. If you do choose to opt out your confidential patient information will still be used to support your individual care.
For further details or to register your choice to opt out, please visit Your Data Matters.
You can change your mind about your choice at any time.
Data being used or shared for purposes beyond individual care does not include your data being shared with insurance companies or used for marketing purposes and data would only be used in this way with your specific agreement.
We maintain our duty of confidentiality to you at all times. We will only ever use or pass on information about you if we reasonably believe that others involved in your care have a genuine need for it. We will not disclose your information to any third party without your permission unless there are exceptional circumstances (such as a risk of serious harm to yourself or others) or where the law requires information to be passed on.
Reviews of and Changes to our Privacy Notice
We will keep our Privacy Notice under regular review. This notice was last reviewed in March 2020.