Confidentiality & Medical Records
The practice complies with data protection and access to medical records legislation. Identifiable information about you will be shared with others in the following circumstances:
- To provide further medical treatment for you e.g. from district nurses and hospital services.
- To help you get other services e.g. from the social work department. This requires your consent.
- When we have a duty to others e.g. in child protection cases anonymised patient information will also be used at local and national level to help the Health Board and Government plan services e.g. for diabetic care.
If you do not wish anonymous information about you to be used in such a way, please let us know.
Reception and administration staff require access to your medical records in order to do their jobs. These members of staff are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the medical staff.
Freedom of Information
Information about the General Practioners and the practice required for disclosure under this act can be made available to the public. All requests for such information should be made to the practice manager.
General Data Protection Regulations - Subject Access Request Form
The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) provides you, the data subject, with a right to receive a copy of the data/ information we hold about you or to authorise someone to act on your behalf. If you wish to request your data please complete the form below.
GDPR Subject Access Request Form
The Practice may collect, hold and share information about you in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to plan and manage services, check that care is being provided and prevent COVID-19 from spreading.
Information about your COVID-19 status may be shared within the NHS and with other partners involved in your care and treatment, along with:
- NHS England
- NHS Digital
- Public Health England
- The Department of Health
- Other Government Departments where it is legally required, or where it is necessary for the protection of public health or management of the outbreak.
We do not need your consent or agreement to do this.
More information can be found at https://digital.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/data-and-services-supporting-coronavirus and https://www.gov.uk/guidance/notifiable-diseases-and-causative-organisms-how-to-report
Norton Brook Medical Centre aims to give a friendly and professional service to all our patients. However, if you have any concerns about any aspect of our service, please let us know. Speak to whomever you feel most comfortable - your GP, our practice manager or our reception staff will be happy to help. Alternatively, a "Complaints and Suggestions" form is available on the reception desk. This can be completed and "posted" in the box provided. The receptionists are able to give you a copy of our complaints policy. However, if you feel that we have not dealt with the issues you have raised as you would wish, you can write to the complaints manager at NHS Devon.
The CCG also operates a Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) which can often help resolve any problems before they become formal complaints.
The NHS operate a zero tolerance policy with regard to violence and abuse and the practice has the right to remove violent patients from the list with immediate effect in order to safeguard practice staff, patients and other persons. Violence in this context includes actual or threatened physical violence or verbal abuse which leads to fear for a person’s safety. In this situation we will notify the patient in writing of their removal from the list and record in the patient’s medical records the fact of the removal and the circumstances leading to it.