How your information is shared so that this practice can meet legal requirements
The law requires St Mary’s Surgery to share information from your medical records in certain circumstances. Information is shared so that the NHS or Public Health England can, for example:
- plan and manage services;
- check that the care being provided is safe;
- prevent infectious diseases from spreading.
We will share information with NHS Digital, the Care Quality Commission and local health protection team (or Public Health England) when the law requires us to do so. Please see below for more information.
We must also share your information if a court of law orders us to do so.
NHS Digital is a national body which has legal responsibilities to collect information about health and social care services.
It collects information from across the NHS in England and provides reports on how the NHS is performing. These reports help to plan and improve services to patients.
This practice must comply with the law and will send data to NHS Digital, for example, when it is told to do so by the Secretary of State for Health or NHS England under the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
More information about NHS Digital and how it uses information can be found on their website
Care Quality Commission (CQC)
The CQC regulates health and social care services to ensure that safe care is provided.
The law says that we must report certain serious events to the CQC, for example, when patient safety has been put at risk.
For more information about the CQC visit their website
The law requires us to share data for public health reasons, for example to prevent the spread of infectious diseases or other diseases which threaten the health of the population.
We will report the relevant information to local health protection team or Public Health England.
For more information about Public Health England and disease reporting visit the government website
We are required by law to provide you with the following information about how we handle your information
Data Controller contact details
St Mary’s Surgery, 1 Johnson Street, Southampton SO14 1LT
Data Protection Officer contact details
- NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit
- Contact via the surgery
Purpose of the processing
Compliance with legal obligations or court order.
Lawful basis for processing
The following sections of the GDPR mean that we can share information when the law tells us to.
- Article 6(1)(c) – ‘processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the controller is subject…’
- Article 9(2)(h) – ‘processing is necessary for the purpose of preventative…medicine…the provision of health or social care or treatment or the management of health or social care systems and services...’
Recipient or categories of recipients of the processed data
- The data will be shared with NHS Digital.
- The data will be shared with the Care Quality Commission.
- The data will be shared with our local health protection team or Public Health England.
- The data will be shared with the court if ordered
Rights to object and the national data opt-out
There are very limited rights to object when the law requires information to be shared but government policy allows some rights of objection as set out below:
- You have the right to object to information being shared with NHS Digital for reasons other than your own direct care.
- This is called a ‘Type 1’ objection – you can ask your practice to apply this code to your record.
- Please note: The ‘Type 1’ objection, however, will no longer be available after 2020.
- This means you will not be able to object to your data being shared with NHS Digital when it is legally required under the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
- The national data op-out model provides you with an easy way of opting-out of identifiable data being used for health service planning and research purposes, including when it is shared by NHS Digital for these reasons.
- To opt-out or to find out more about your opt-out choices please go to NHS Digital’s website
- Legally information must be shared under public health legislation. This means that you are unable to object.
Care Quality Commission
- Legally information must be shared when the Care Quality Commission needs it for their regulatory functions. This means that you are unable to object.
- Your information must be shared if it ordered by a court. This means that you are unable to object
Right to access and correct
You have the right to access your medical record and have any errors or mistakes corrected. Please speak to a member of staff or look at our Access to Medical Records policy on the practice website
We are not aware of any circumstances in which you will have the right to delete correct information from your medical record; although you are free to obtain your own legal advice if you believe there is no lawful purpose for which we hold the information and contact us if you hold a different view.
GP medical records will be kept in line with the law and national guidance.
Information on how long records are kept can be found by speaking to the practice.
Right to complain
You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office. If you wish to complain please visit their website or call the helpline 0303 123 1113
Data we get from other organisations
We receive information about your health from other organisations who are involved in providing you with health and social care. For example, if you go to hospital for treatment or an operation the hospital will send us a letter to let us know what happens. This means your GP medical record is kept up-to date when you receive care from other parts of the health service.
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