Your Confidential Records

Your Confidential Records

Your data matters to us at Birchwood Medical Practice. You can be assured that your medical records are safe with Birchwood Medical Practice. We will only share data that identifies you under the following circumstances:

  • With other health care professionals e.g. locum clinicians either in the practice or working remotely, hospital or community staff as part of an agreed plan of treatment
  • With your explicit consent, e.g. for participation in research studies
  • In circumstances where it is in the interests of your health and you are not able to give consent, e.g. if you are unconscious
  • Where we are obliged to divulge information under the Health & Social Care Act 2012, e.g. in the case of a national emergency or pandemic
  • Where we are required to do so for health service planning purposes and you have not explicitly opted out of having your data shared
  • Please see our privacy notices for detailed information

Our strict rules about confidentiality mean that we will not discuss your medical affairs even with your close family unless you give us permission to do so. This includes details of appointments you have made. If you would like your partner, parent, son/daughter or carer to be able to speak to us on your behalf, you must tell us beforehand. Please ask our Reception Team for a consent form or download one here if you require an ongoing arrangement for sharing consent. You can withdraw your consent at any time.

Information about your health and care helps the NHS to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments.

Here is a video to show you how your data is shared from NHS Digital