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In common with other healthcare providers, we keep records about the people who use our services, to allow our staff to provide safe, effective, informed care.
NHS care records may be electronic, on paper or a mixture of both, and will relate to you, your health and the care you have received or will be receiving.
You have the right to privacy and confidentiality regarding your health records, and to expect the NHS to keep confidential information safe and secure, as set out in the NHS Constitution. Our Privacy Notice describes how we collect, use, retain and disclose personal information that we hold
Find out how you can access your health records
The people who care for you use your records to:
Others may also need to use records about you to:
Information from your health record, that does not identify you, may also be used to:
The law gives you the right to:
These are not ‘absolute rights’, as often an individual’s rights will need to be balanced with those of others, but they do offer considerable protection.
The law also gives you the right to:
We have a duty to:
If you have any concerns about privacy and confidentiality, or want to know more about the arrangements that we have put in place to follow the commitments outlined above, please speak to the staff providing your care.
You'll find more advice about health records, including helpful information about the Summary Care Records which are created from GP medical records, on the NHS Choices guide to your health records.