Patient confidentiality

We respect your right to privacy and keep all your health information confidential and secure. It is important that the NHS keeps accurate and up to date records about your health and treatment so that those treating you can give you the best possible care.

This information may be used for management and audit purposes. However, it is usually only available to, and used by, those involved in your care. You have the right to know what information we hold about you. If you would like to see your records please contact the practice manager.

Data management policy

The recording of data within the practice is under the management and control of Dr Sornalingam.

The quality of data, the use of templates and the use of specific coding is reviewed on an ongoing basis and the findings are discussed at monthly clinical meetings, where examples of coding issues are cited as appropriate.

Dr Sornalingam is responsible for overall coding and data quality issues within the practice and will ensure accuracy and consistency in coding among both the clinicians and the administrative or casual staff.

This responsibility is supported by frequent audit and validation of data using QOF and other tools, and is also supported by the practice manager.

Record retention policy (PDF)

Find how long your information is retained and how it is stored.

Health And Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)

The HSCIC will be extracting data via the GP Extraction Service. This confidential information, along with your postcode and NHS number, but not your name, are sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information. This information can be used by the NHS to improve services offered and allows those planning NHS services or carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you. You have a choice. If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything. If you wish to prevent this happening please tell a member of the reception team and she will make a note on your medical records.This will be called an objection. There is no form etc to fill in. Further information is available from