Privacy – what we do with your data

Your data, privacy and the Law

How we use your personal data:

  • This practice handles medical records according to the laws on data protection and confidentiality.
  • We share medical records with health professionals who are involved in providing you with care and treatment. This is on a need to know basis and event by event.
  • Some of your medical data is automatically copied to the Shared Care Summary Record.
  • We may share some of your medical data with local out of hours / urgent or emergency care service
  • Data about you is used to manage national screening campaigns such as ‘Flu, Cervical Cytology (smear tests), Breast Cancer Screening and Diabetes Prevention.
  • Data about you, usually anonymised, is used to manage the NHS and make payments.
  • We share information when the law requires us to do, for instance when we are inspected or reporting certain illnesses or safeguarding vulnerable people.
  • Your data is used to check the quality of care provided by the NHS.
  • We may also share medical records for medical research.
  • We record all telephone calls to the practice, both inbound and outbound. The calls are held on a secure private server and only accessed when there is a concern about a call (for example, to investigate a complaint).

If you wish to opt out of sharing your medical records with other healthcare professionals, please visit www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/. Please note that this may mean healthcare professionals do not have enough information to treat you safely, and in some cases it may not be possible to refer you to a specialist.

For more detailed information, including the lawful basis for processing your data under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR / Data Protection Act (2018), please see the detailed document linked below, which is available to read by clicking the link or by asking at Reception.

Leacroft Medical Practice Privacy Notice 2021

We are also sharing data with NHS Digital to help with pandemic planning and research as a result of Covid-19. You can read full details here

You may have read news about data sharing with NHS Digital for GP Data Planning and Research (GPDPR. If you wish to opt out of sharing data with NHS Digital entirely, please fill in this Type 1 Opt-Out form, sign and return to the practice. We can also supply you with an opt-out form at Reception.
Type 1 Opt Out Form