- Everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to keep information about you confidential.
- You may be receiving care from other organisations as well as the NHS (like social services). We may need to share some information about you so we can all work together for you benefit.
- We will only ever use or pass on information about you if others involved in your care have a genuine need to do so.
We will not disclose your information to third parties without your permission unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as where the health and safety of others are at risk or where the law requires information to be passed on.
Anyone who receives information from us is also under a legal duty to keep it confidential. We are required by law to report certain information to the appropriate authorities. This is only provided after formal permission has been given by a qualified health professional. Circumstances include:
- An encounter with an infectious disease which may endanger the safety of others e.g. Measles or Meningitis.
- When a formal court order has been issued
Our Guiding principle is that we are holding your records in strict confidence.