Privacy Notice Poster
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 diseases from spreading, or to check the care being provided to you is safe.
- You have the right to request a copy of your medical record.
- You have the right to object to your identifiable information being used for medical research and to plan health services.
You have the right to request that any mistakes in your medical record are corrected.
If you wish to view our practice privacy notice, please click on the link below. The notice includes information on how to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office to seek advice or make a complaint if you need to do so.
Summary Care Record (SCR)
Summary Care Records (SCR) are an electronic record of important patient information, created from GP medical records. They can be seen and used by authorised staff in other areas of the health and care system involved in the patient’s direct care.
If you wish to view your Summary Care Record, or have a copy of all, or part of your medical record, you will be asked to complete an application form (Subject Access Request) explaining exactly what information you require and in what format. Records can be emailed, printed or if very large – burned onto a disc.
Requests for access can be made verbally but a form will need to be completed, and a receptionist will have to check photographic ID. There is no charge for copying records, or issuing online access, but the practice may charge a reasonable fee for requests for further copies of the same information. Please ask at reception for a Subject Access Request form or print the form from our practice website.
Access to Health Records
Patients have a right to access their medical records:-
- A paper copy of their medical records
- On-line access to coded medical data e.g. medical problems, allergies and immunisations.
For full details, please view our Subject Access Request Policy above.
Most of the services offered by the surgery are free under the NHS. Some services are not covered under the NHS and for these, your GP, like other professionals (e.g. Lawyers) charges a fee.
The fee will reflect both the doctor’s time to carry out the service and the doctor’s professional opinion. It may also include the cost of nursing or secretarial support, stationery and consumables.
Some figures are agreed with official bodies; others suggested by the British Medical Association (BMA) and centrally negotiated.
Click here to view the current list of fees charged for Non-NHS services at the Red House Surgery. All figures are correct as of May 2018
The British Medical Association have published a document giving more detail on non-NHS fees charged by GPs, which you can view by Clicking Here.
Self Certification for Sickness from Work
If you have been off work sick for seven days or less your employer can ask you to confirm that you’ve been ill. You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification.
Many employers have their own self-certification forms. If your employer doesn’t have their own form, instead they may use an Employee’s Statement of Sickness form. Click on the link below to download a copy of the form that you can print off, complete and submit to your employer.
Please click the link below to download information about Red House Surgery’s GP Earnings