All information concerning patients is strictly confidential and must not be divulged to any person except with the permission of the patient’s doctor.
All staff employed by the Practice are therefore bound by the rules and regulations of the Data Protection Act.
Data Protection Act Patient Information
We need to hold personal information about you on our Computer system and in paper records to help us to look after your health needs, and your doctor is responsible for their accuracy and safe-keeping. Please help to keep your record up to date by informing us of any changes to your circumstances.
Doctors and staff in the practice have access to your medical records to enable them to do their jobs. From time to time information may be shared with others involved in your care if it is necessary. Anyone with access to your record is properly trained in confidentiality issues and is governed by both a legal and contractual duty to keep your details private.
All information about you is held securely and appropriate safeguards are in place to prevent accidental loss.
In some circumstances we may be required by law to release your details to statutory or other official bodies, for example if a court order is presented, or in the case of public health issues. In other circumstances you may be required to give written consent before information is released – such as for medical reports for insurance, solicitors etc.
To ensure your privacy, we will not disclose information over the telephone or fax unless we are sure that we are talking to you. Information will not be disclosed to family, friends, or spouses unless we have prior written consent, and we do not leave messages with others.
You have a right to see your records if you wish. Please ask at reception if you would like further details. An appointment will be required. In some circumstances a fee may be payable.
Freedom of Information Act
Furnace Green Surgery conforms to the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Violent Patients It is the aim of Furnace Green Surgery to provide a safe and pleasant environment in which patients and visitors may receive healthcare and staff may carry out their work. A code of conduct is displayed in our surgeries outlining how we expect patients to behave when attending or telephoning the surgery. Any person acting in an unacceptable manner will be dealt with in accordance with the code.
Violent behaviour will not be tolerated and will result in police prosecution alongside removal from the practice list.