The Hospital respects the privacy of the individual. Any information disclosed to medical, nursing or administrative staff is treated in confidence at all times. We do respect that it is your right to request a second opinion at anytime and you should speak to our chief nurse if you feel this is necessary. No information will be given to a third party without your permission. This complies with the Data Protection Act 1998.
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Your doctor and other healthcare professionals keep records about your health and any treatment and care you receive at the hospital. These help ensure that you receive the best possible care from us. They may be written down (hard copy) or held on a computer.
The records may include:
Your records are used to guide and administer the care you receive to ensure:
Your information may also be used to help us:
Some of this information will be held centrally but, where this is used for statistical purposes, stringent measures are taken to ensure that individual patients cannot be identified.
Where it is not possible to use anonymised information, personally identifiable information may be used for essential purposes and will comply with the Data Protection Act 1998.
Everyone working at the hospital has a legal duty to keep information about you confidential. We will only ever use or pass on information about you if:
We are required to send a summary of the care that we have provided to your GP and/or the consultant who referred you to the hospital. If you have not been referred by your GP and do not want any information to be sent to your GP, then please inform the Hospital staff and consultant in charge of your care. You will be asked to sign our Data Protection Agreement form on admission.
We will not disclose information about your medical care to your family, carers or friends, unless we have your consent to do so. Our guiding principle is that we are holding your records in strict confidence.
On 10 May 2013, the Secretary of State for Health gave permission to the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN), of which this hospital is a member, to conduct a pilot exercise to evaluate the potential benefits of linking records of private treatment to records of any subsequent NHS treatment. The exercise is expected to demonstrate potentially important improvements to the measurement and management of clinical quality, to facilitate enhanced regulation of the private healthcare industry, and to provide better information to support patients’ choices. The exercise will look for any instances where patients in private hospitals subsequently needed unplanned care in an NHS hospital.
The pilot exercise will involve around 650,000 patient records from around 150 private hospitals, including some from this hospital.
All clinical data will be processed anonymously, with any information which could identify individual patients removed. However, in order to first identify any records held by the NHS matching those for patients treated privately, basic personal data (name, date of birth, postcode, treatment date and, where available, NHS Number) will be notified to the Health & Social Care Information Centre (the Government body responsible for holding and processing information for the NHS) for one-time use. This data will not be retained by HSCIC after processing.
If you were admitted for treatment at this hospital in 2012 and would prefer that your information should not be used for this study, please send an email to the address below, or ask a member of the hospital’s administrative staff to do so on your behalf. If your data is included, we will make every effort to withhold it.