Privacy Policy

GDPR

GDPR

The Practice is using AccuRx to carry out video consultations. The consultation is not stored or recorded within the AccuRx system, the clinical staff member is required to record observations and outcomes of the consultation directly into patient records in the same way as a face to face consultation.

We understand how important it is to keep your personal information safe and secure and we take this very seriously. We have taken steps to make sure your personal information is looked after in the best possible way and we review this regularly.

To view Sheepcot Medical Centres Privacy policy please select the PDF Document below.

SMC Privacy Notice

AccuRx Privacy Notice

https://www.accurx.com/privacy-policy

Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and your information 

The ICO recognises the unprecedented challenges the NHS and other health professionals are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
The ICO also recognise that ‘Public bodies may require additional collection and sharing of personal data to protect against serious threats to public health.’ 

The Government have also taken action in respect of this and on 20th March 2020 the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care issued a notice under Regulation 3(4) of the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 requiring organisations such as GP Practices to use your information to help GP Practices and other healthcare organisations to respond to and deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Please note that this notice has now been revised and extended by a further notice from 29th July 2020 until 31st March 2021.  
 
In order to look after your healthcare needs during this difficult time, we may urgently need to share your personal information, including medical records, with clinical and non clinical staff who belong to organisations that are permitted to use your information and need to use it to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. This could (amongst other measures) consist of either treating you or a member of your family and enable us and other healthcare organisations to monitor the disease, assess risk and manage the spread of the disease. Additionally, the use of your information is now required to support NHS Test and Trace. 
 
Please be assured that we will only share information and health data that is necessary to meet yours and public healthcare needs. 

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has also stated that these measures are temporary and will expire on 31st March 2021 unless a further extension is required. Any further extension will be will be provided in writing and we will communicate the same to you. 
 
Please also note that the data protection and electronic communication laws do not stop us from sending public health messages to you, either by phone, text or email as these messages are not direct marketing. 
 
It may also be necessary, where the latest technology allows us to do so, to use your information and health data to facilitate digital consultations and diagnoses and we will always do this with your security in mind. 

If you are concerned about how your information is being used, please contact our DPO using the contact details provided in this Privacy Notice


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Your choice

You can stop your confidential patient information being used for research and planning. Find out how to make your choice.

If you're happy with your confidential patient information being used for research and planning you do not need to do anything.

Any choice you make will not impact your individual care.

Select this link to take you to the NHS website to read more and make your choice https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/


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You can read the benefits of My Care Record by selecting our 'Care Data' tab at the bottom of the page. Here you can also access the Opt Out form if desired.

This is not about sharing your record. It’s about health and care clinicians and professionals accessing and viewing relevant and appropriate information relevant to your care and treatment. You can learn more by visiting www.mycarerecord.org.uk



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