How We Use your Health Records / Confidentiality

DSCF4214We always take care to respect patient confidentiality and have  detailed  policies and procedures we follow to ensure we handle information in as secure a manner as possible.

Please click on the following links for more information:


Privacy Notice

General Data Protection Regulations and our Practice Responsibilities

Happy House Surgery – Fair Processing Notice

Happy House Surgery – Fair Processing Notice – Brief

Happy House Surgery – Young people – 13 to 16

How We Use Your Health Records – Leaflet

There is a short video which has been made by NHS Liverpool (which is both informative and entertaining) which is already running a similar scheme to this one in Sunderland.  It explains why allowing us to share your information with secondary care and the extended Primary Care team is extremely useful in your healthcare.  To view the video, click here

Your health and care information is used to improve your individual care.

It is also used to help us research new treatments, decide where to put GP clinics and plan for the number of doctors and nurses in your local

hospital. Wherever possible we try to use data that does not identify you, but sometimes it is necessary to use your confidential patient information.

What is confidential patient information?

Confidential patient information identifies you and says something about your health, care or treatment. You would expect this information to be kept private. Information that only identifies you, like your name and

address, is not considered confidential patient information and may still be used for example, to contact you if your GP practice is merging with another.

Who can use your confidential patient information for research and planning?

It is used by the NHS, local authorities, university and hospital researchers, medical colleges and pharmaceutical companies researching new treatments.

Making your data opt-out choice

You can choose to opt out of sharing your confidential patient information for research and planning. There may still be times when your confidential patient information is used: for example, during an epidemic where there might be a risk to you or to other people’s health. You can also still consent to take part in a specific research project.

Will choosing this opt-out affect your care and treatment?

No, your confidential patient information will still be used for your individual care. Choosing to opt out will not affect your care and treatment. You will still be invited for screening services, such as screenings for bowel cancer.

What should you do next?

You do not need to do anything if you are happy about how your confidential patient information is used.

If you do not want your confidential patient information to be used for

research and planning, you can choose to opt out securely online or through the internet or a telephone service.

You can change your choice at any time.

To find out more or to make your choice visit:                          or call 0300 303 6789

National Diabetes Audit: If you have diabetes, the NHS requires us to submit data in regards to your care and treatment to the audit.  If you do not wish to have your data submitted, please contact reception.

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