You might trust your GP to take care of you, but do you know how they store your personal information and what they do with it?
Each time you receive care from the NHS in Leeds, either at a pharmacy, GP surgery, hospital or any other care setting, information about you is recorded.
This is then and stored on secure computer systems.
Alongside this, when care is provided to you elsewhere, your doctor will usually be informed. For example, when you get a flu vaccine from a pharmacy, this will then be added to your GP record.
Who can access your information?
Your GP holds your main medical record and coordinates your care, but some information is then shared across different parts of the NHS, in order to make sure your care is safe and effective.
Some care providers - including out of hours doctors and district nurses - may be able to access your full medical record, but they will ask for your permission before doing this.
When your GP refers you to a consultant or other care professional they will also share important and relevant information in order to care for you effectively.
Your care records
Sometimes meetings may be held between different professionals to discuss your care and consider the best advice to give to you.
However, care is not always pre-planned, so when you receive urgent or emergency care your Leeds Care Record, which joins up details of your care across the city, is used to help.
If you go outside Leeds, your NHS Summary Care record may then be used. Both of these health records provide important information to guide your treatment.
Information that is clearly about you personally is shared to improve your care.
“As well as this, we share information without identifying who it is about.
This anonymous information is used to improve health, care and service through research and planning,” explained an NHS spokesperson.
“It helps to improve everyone's care, spot illness patterns, plan future service, and even to work out who to pay for what work.”
Accessing your data
As your medical record is your own personal data, you can access it by applying to the organisation that holds it. You can also request corrections and sometimes ask for it to be deleted.
You can also opt out of some processing and sharing.
For more information about this ask your care provider or visit the NHS website.