General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR)
The NHS needs data about the patients it treats in order to plan and deliver its services and to ensure that care and treatment provided is safe and effective. The General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection will help the NHS to improve health and care services for everyone by collecting patient data that can be used to do this.
If you do not want your identifiable patient data to be shared outside of your GP practice for purposes except for your own care, you can register an opt-out with your GP practice. This is known as a Type 1 Opt-out. This should be done by returning this form to surgery allowing time for processing it. If you have previously registered a Type 1 Opt-out and you would like to withdraw this, you can also use the form to do this. You can also call 0300 303 5678 for a form to be sent out to you.
Update from 19th July 2021: In a letter to all GP’s, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Jo Churchill set out a new process for commencing data collection, moving away from a previously fixed date of 1st September 2021
Medical Research Data Collection
The staff at this practice record information about you and your health so that you can receive the right care and treatment. We need to record this information, together with the details of the care you receive, because it may be needed if we see you again.
We may use some of this information for other reasons, for example, to help us to protect the health of the general public generally, to plan for the future, to train staff and to carry out medical and other health research for the benefit of everyone.
These studies may be performed by academic researchers or commercial companies amongst others. However, no researcher has access to your full details such as your name and address, initials or your full date of birth. The researchers are not given information about the GP nor the practice name, address or post code.
If anything to do with the research would require that you provide additional information about yourself, you will be contacted to see if you are willing to take part: You will not be identified in any published results.
If you would like to opt out of this data collection scheme either call 0300 303 5678 or visit nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters.
Everyone 16 years or over needs to contact the surgery for their own results and medical information. Due to patient confidentiality, we cannot give information about any patients 16 years or over to anyone else.
If you would like to give permission for other person(s) to access your medical records, please fill in this form and return it to surgery. We will then add to your notes that you have given written permission for this access. This permission can also be removed at any time by request.
Please make sure we have your up-to-date contact information. Please call the surgery on 020 8300 1680 to update your details, or complete an eConsult. All patients aged 16 or over are responsible for managing their own healthcare, so please make sure we can contact you.
Date Subject Access Request
You have a right under the Data Protection legislation to request access to view or to obtain copies of what information the surgery holds about you and to have it amended should it be inaccurate. To request this, you need to do the following:
- Your request should be made to the practice by completing the below form
- There is no charge to have a copy of the information held about you
- We are required to respond to you within 30 days
- You will need to give adequate information (for example: full name, address, date of birth, NHS number and details of your request) so that your identity can be verified, and your records located information we hold about you at any time
Please complete this form and return it to surgery with photo ID to be processed.
Find Your NHS Number
A new service is now live to help you find your NHS number.
This service is for anyone living in England who has forgotten or does not know their NHS number.
You can also use this service on behalf of someone else where the name, date of birth and registered home postcode is known.
You can opt for the number to be sent to you by text, email or letter.
Please visit nhs.uk to use this service.
Are You A Carer?
Bexley Linked Care
NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been working alongside clinicians, practice managers and patient representatives to link together patient information and data to ensure patients receive the best possible care.
From December 2015, some doctors and nurses in Bexley may ask patients if they give their permission (consent) to the clinician treating them to have access to their GP patient record.
This includes doctors and nurses at Queen Mary’s Hospital and Erith Hospital Urgent Care Centres (UCCs) and GP out-of-hours services. It also includes doctors and nurses at Bexley Community Clinics. These clinics are provided from a Bexley GP practice setting and offer specialist services such as anticoagulation, dermatology, cardiology clinics and diagnostics, minor surgery, endoscopy, vasectomy and erectile dysfunction.
A GP patient record is the best, most complete and up-to-date health record and includes any treatment patients are receiving. Every resident registered with a GP practice has an online GP patient record, containing information and dates about their medical history. Up until now, this patient record could only be viewed by the registered practice.
Please see www.bexleyccg.nhs.uk for more information.
Summary Care Record
Summary Care Records (SCR) is an electronic record of important patient information, created from GP medical records. They can be seen and used by authorised staff in other areas of the health and care system involved in the patient's direct care.
Your Summary Care Record is a short summary of your GP medical records. It tells other health and care staff who care for you about the medicines you take and your allergies.
This means they can give you better care if you need health care away from your usual doctor's surgery: in an emergency, when you're on holiday, when your surgery is closed, at out-patient clinics or when you visit a pharmacy.
Please see www.digital.nhs.uk for more information.
Organ donation in England has moved to an 'opt out' system from 20th May 2020. This means that all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die, unless they have recorded a decision not to donate, or are in one of the excluded groups.
More information can be found at www.organdonation.nhs.uk.
You can withdraw from the register via this website, or by calling 0300 303 2094, Monday to Friday 08:00-20:00, or Saturday and Sunday 08:00-16:00.