Freedom of Information


Changes in the regulations around data protection take effect from 25th May 2018. Full details are listed on our Information Sharing page.

Your data, privacy and the Law.  How we  use  your  medical  records.    

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 this is 'on a need to know' basis and event by event.  

Some of  your  data  is  automatically  copied  to  the  Shared  Care  Summary Record. 

We may/do  share  some  of  your  data  with  local  out  of  hours, urgent or emergency  care  services. 

Data about  you  is  used  to  manage  national  screening  campaigns  such  as  Flu,  Cervical  Cytology  and  Diabetes prevention.

Data about  you,  usually  de-identified,  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 .

For more information visit our web site:

Freedom Of Information Act 2000

Under the above act the Practice is obliged to have a Publication Scheme detailing what information is routinely available and any charges for providing any of the various categories of Information.

Our scheme is available in hard copy only and comprises the following classes of information.

Class 1 - Who we are and what we do

(Organisational information, structures, locations and contacts) - This will be current information only

Doctors in the Practice

Contact details for the Practice (named contacts where possible with telephone number and email address (if used))

Opening hours

Other staffing details


Class 2 – What we spend and how we spend it

(Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit) - Current and previous financial year as a minimum

Total cost to the CCG / NHS England / Public Health England / LHB / HSSB of the Practice’s Contracted Services.

Audit of NHS income


Class 3 – What our priorities are and how we are doing

(Strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews)

Current and previous year as a minimum.

Plans for the development and provision of NHS services


Class 4 – How we make decisions

(Decision making processes and records of decisions) - Current and previous year as a minimum

Records of decisions made in the practice affecting the provision of NHS services


Class 5 – Our policies and procedures

(Current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering services and responsibilities)

Current information only.

Policies and procedures about the employment of staff

Internal instructions to staff and policies relating to the delivery of services

Equality and diversity policy

Health and safety policy

Complaints procedures (including those covering requests for information and operating the publication scheme)

Records management policies (records retention, destruction and archive)

Data protection policies

Policies and procedures for handling requests for information

Patients’ charter


Class 6 – Lists and Registers

Currently maintained lists and registers only.

Any publicly available register or list (if any are held this should be publicised; in most circumstances existing access provisions will suffice)


Class 7 – The services the Practice offers

(Information about the services offered, including leaflets, guidance and newsletters produced for the public) - Current information only.

The services provided under contract to the NHS

Charges for any of these services

Information leaflets

Out of hours arrangements

For further information please contact Ian O'Connor, Management Partner

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