Confidentiality

All members of the Primary Health Care Team must adhere to a strict policy on confidentiality and are specifically trained in confidentiality issues. Breach of confidentiality could result in dismissal.

As a training practice medical records may be viewed by other professionals who are involved with your care, under strict confidential agreements. If you object to this you must inform us so that your notes may be marked.

Medical Students

From time to time the Practice trains medical students who are in their final year at medical school in Newcastle. You may see them with one of the doctors or other professionals within the health centre. You will be asked prior to your consultation if you object to their presence. Confidentiality will be maintained at all times.

How your medical record is used

NHS Digital collects certain patient data from GP practices and hospitals and other care providers, in order to enable researchers to build data patterns on disease and prevalence and in order for NHS England to develop health and social care services.

If you are registered with a GP practice in England you will have a Summary Care Record (SCR) which is a copy of key information held in your GP record. It provides authorised healthcare staff with faster, secure access to essential information about you - when you need unplanned care or when we are closed.

Your SCR already contains important information about any medicines you are taking, any allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you have previously experienced. However, you can choose to add other useful information to your SCR, including your illnesses, any health problems, operations and vaccinations you have had in the past, how you would like to be treated or supported and who should be contacted for more information about you.

If you would like to opt out of the SCR or if you would like to include additional information in your SCR then please speak to our receptionist. Information can also be found on our website or you phone NHS Digital on 0300 303 5678