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Everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to keep your information secure and confidential at all times.

All staff employed or working with the hospital are bound by strict confidentiality agreements. Hospital staff also undertakes training on how to protect data under new and existing data protection legislation and the duty under common law of confidentiality to ensure they know and understand how to keep your information secure and confidential at all times.

All staff working in the NHS are bound by strict confidentiality guidelines which means only staff that are providing or supporting your care/treatment are entitled to access your information.

All staff are bound by the common law duty of confidentiality which means only staff involved with your care are entitled to access information relating to you. This is detailed within the employment contracts and non-disclosure agreements signed by staff working in the hospital and are included within mandated training provided to staff. All clinical staff are bound by strict professional codes of conduct which incorporate confidentiality clauses. Further information can be found on the British Medical Association (BMA) General Medical Council (GMC) and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) websites.

We will not normally disclose any patient/personal information to a third party without obtaining your explicit consent. However, there are exceptions to this which are listed below.

The public interest is thought to be of greater importance eg

  • If a serious crime has been committed
  • If there are risks to the public or our staff
  • To protect vulnerable adults
  • Legal duty such as report some infectious diseases, wounding by firearms or court orders

We will only collect the minimum information required to provide and support your care and will not keep this any longer than necessary.

GDPR and other associated data protection legislation requires the hospital to process accurate data which is not kept for longer than necessary and guidance on retention periods is available under the Records Management guidance.

The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal. If you have a hospital appointment then you should attend as planned.
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