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HOW THE PRACTICE USES PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION 

confidentialityThe practice maintains detailed records of your healthcare. This information is available to all clinical staff within the Practice to ensure they can give you best possible care based on that information.  In addition, the administrative staff of the Practice also have access to this information to enable them to ensure the information is available to the clinicians and to advise you of any follow-up care we can offer e.g. diabetes check-up clinics.  All Practice staff are legally bound to maintain confidentiality.  Also, your details may be passed on to other healthcare professionals who are responsible for your care, e.g. a hospital consultant responsible for your hospital care, or pharmacists who can advise on the medications you are taking. 

On occasions we are approached by other health care providers who have an interest in a specialised subject and need to contact patients with particular conditions. Before we release any information we would ask for your written permission to do so. 

We are sometimes asked for information about disease prevalence by organisations such as the Department of Health.  Any information released is done so on an anonymous basis and no patient identifiable information is released from the Practice. 

Any other information we release to insurance companies, solicitors etc is only done so with the express written permission of the patient.

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