A new Data Protection Act was introduced in March 2000. It gives you important rights over how personal information about you is used. The NHS Lothian leaflet “Protecting Personal Health Information - A Guide for Patients” is available from reception. The leaflet explains your rights and tells you how Lothian General Practice will use your personal health information.
In order to provide care for you we are obliged to keep records. This is increasingly done using computers. We are obliged to comply with the Data Protection Act 2000 and other guidance on privacy and data confidentiality and we take this very seriously.
In order to manage services and improve the quality of care we provide we share some anonymised information on practice activity eg with our Local Healthcare Partnership (LHP), NHS Lothian, Scottish Office. All names and other identifying details are removed.
Information is NOT shared with any third party outside the health service (eg insurance companies, employers, solicitors) without your explicit written consent and agreement. We are obliged by law to provide certain information eg notification of certain infectious diseases. If you have any questions regarding disclosure of information, please contact our practice manager at your surgery.