Data Protection

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE INFORMATION BELOW AFFECTS OUR PRIVACY NOTICES IN LIGHT OF CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. All published privacy notices should be read in conjunction with this statement.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) recognises the unprecedented challenges the NHS and other health professionals are facing during the Coronavirus (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".

In order to look after your healthcare needs we may therefore need to share your personal information including medical records with clinical and non clinical staff in practices from the surrounding locality including practices in the Central Bournemouth Primary Care Network to which this practice belongs.

Please be assured that we will only share information and health data that is necessary to meet your healthcare needs. These are temporary measures introduced by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and, unless a further extension is required, will expire on 30 June 2022. 

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 always do this with your security in mind.

General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR)

NHS Digital has been collecting data from GPs through its trusted General Practice Extraction Service. This system is now being replaced with their new General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) service, a broader general-purpose collection which will enable faster access to pseudonymised patient data for planners and researchers.

More detailed information can be found via NHS Digital, including the process of how you can opt out. Please note that there are two different opt outs which you need to be aware of: Type 1 opt-out (opting out of NHS Digital collecting your data - this requires a form to be completed and returned to the practice) and the National Data opt-out (opting out of NHS Digital sharing your data - this can be done online via the NHS website or app - see below).

Data collection will now start on 1st August 2022; if you do not want your data shared with NHS Digital this should be done by returning the Type 1 form above to your GP practice for processing at least a week prior to this date.   

You can also undertake the National Data Opt Out via the NHS App.

If you have the NHS App you are able to view and change your preference in the NHS App:

  1. Go to Your health
  2. Select Choose if data from your health and care records is shared for planning and research.
  3. Select Make your choice.
  4. Review the information on the page, then select Start now.
  5. View your preference, then select Change if you want to change it.
  6. Update your choice, then select Submit.

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The team at St Alban’s Medical Centre takes their responsibility for data protection very seriously. Our policies have been reviewed and updated in line with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 and the Data Protection Act 2018. Our information and policies are attached below - the main information is included in the Patient Privacy Notice, but other policies go into greater detail. Please contact Colette, Practice Manager, if you require any further information or wish to discuss any data protection matters.

Patient Privacy Notice

Access to Health Records

Privacy notice not for direct healthcare

Privacy notice for health screening

Website privacy statement

Young person privacy notice regarding online access

We are making every effort to keep this website up to date with the latest government advice. However, this is changing rapidly and for definitive guidance please defer to GOV.UK.

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