How We Use Your Medical Records

  • This practice handles medical records according to the laws on data protection and confidentiality.
  • We share medical records with health professionals who are involved in providing you with care and treatment. This is on a need to know basis and event by event.
  • Some of your data is automatically copied to the Shared Care Summary Record/ECS (Scotland, etc).
  • We do share some of your data with local out of hours/urgent or emergency care services.
  • Data about you is used to manage national screening campaigns such as Flu, Cervical Cytology and Diabetes Prevention.
  • Data about you, usually de-identified, is used to manage the NHS and make payments.
  • We share information when the law requires us to do, for instance when we are inspected or reporting certain illnesses or safeguarding vulnerable people. 
  • Your data is used to check the quality of care provided by the NHS. 
  • We may also share medical records for medical research.

Data Protection Act 1998

Information about patients is stored on computer by the surgery, and registered under the Data Protection Act (1998).

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Our Freedom of Information Policy document is available to download on our website.