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CORONAVIRUS - More information can be found (right hand column; COVID-19 Information)


We understand that with the announcement of a new lockdown there are going to be a number of patients concerned about the situation, especially those in very vulnerable risk groups and also those with children attending educational settings. The current government advice about high risk groups is available here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus


Further publication is due Monday and the Government will be writing affected patients. The current guidance for protecting extremely clinically vulnerable groups is available here and is a useful link to send to patients. The GP’s at the surgery have no additional information about and beyond this and are unable to help with requests for sick notes or other letters in such circumstances.


For people concerned about children attending educational settings; we understand and sympathise with the concerns around children attending school at this time, especially if a household has extremely vulnerable members. As a Practice we are very sorry, but the decisions about children attending school are not ours to make. It’s not something that we can help with. We would suggest a discussion between the people involved and the school to decide the best course of action.

Confidentiality

laptop_and_chainAll patient infomation is considered to be confidential and we comply fully with the Data Protection Act and Information Governance. All employees have access to this information in relation to their role. To ensure all employees understand their responsibilities they will each sign a confidentiality agreement.

It is our legal duty to keep information about you confidential. Our guiding principle is that we are holding your records in strict confidence.

We have a duty to

  • Maintain full & accurate records of the care we provide to you
  • Keep records about your confidential, secure & accurate
  • Provide information in a format that is accessible to you
  • Information may be shared, in confidence, with other NHS organisation in the interests of patient care.

We will not share information that identifies you for any reason, unless

  • You ask us to do so
  • We ask you for specific permision
  • We have to do this by law
  • We have special permission because the interest of the public are thought to be of greater importance than your confidentiality

For further more in depth information about how we handle your personal data and your rights, please click on the following links for full information leaflets for you to download and print.

How we use your Health Records

Freedom of Information Act 2000

 
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