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As part of our commitment to patient care, we have to record personal information. This is to ensure you get proper care and treatment. We keep these details because we may need to see you again.

We are properly registered under the provisions of the Data Protection Act and the designated data controller is the Practice Manager incumbent at any given time.

We may use some of this information to help us:

  • Protect the health of public generally
  • See that the NHS runs efficiently
  • Plan for the future
  • Train our staff, pay our bills and account for actions

This information might also be used in conjunction with:

  • Auditing our actions
  • Preparing statistics on NHS performance and activity
  • Investigating complaints
  • Helping staff review the care they provide and making sure it is of the highest standard
  • Training and educating staff and doctors (but you can choose whether or not to be involved personally)
  • Undertaking research approved by the Local Research Ethics Committee (if anything to do with the research involves you personally you would be contacted to give your consent)

Everyone working in the practice has a legal duty to keep information about you confidential.

If at any time you would like to know more about how we use your information please contact the Practice Manager.

Data Protection And Freedom Of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 obliges the practice to produce a publication scheme. A publication scheme is a guide to the ‘classes’ of information the practice tends to routinely make available. The information you provide will be used for the following purposes:

  • Updating your clinical records.
  • We share with hospitals or other medical clinicians when you have been referred for further care on a need to know basis.
  • The Thames Valley Primary Care Agency

It will not be used for any other purpose. The data held will be used solely by Woodley Centre Surgery & Westfield Road Surgery. The information you provide will be kept securely and confidentially in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act (1988).

The ICO has published a new Model Publication Scheme that all public authorities are required to adopt.

Model Publication Scheme - further information

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