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Health CentreMain StreetStevenston, KA20 3ABTel: 01294 464413
We ask you for personal information so that you can receive appropriate care and treatment. This information is recorded on computer and we are registered under the Data Protection Act.
The Practice will ensure that patient confidentiality is maintained at all times by all members of the practice team. However, for the effective functioning of a multidisciplinary team it is sometimes necessary that medical information about you is shared between members of the practice team.:
The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 obliges the Practice to produce a Publication Scheme. A Publication Scheme is a guide to the classes of information the practice intends to routinely make available.
Can you help us to improve on the service that we provide? We would be delighted to hear from you if you have any suggestions to make.
We hope that you shall have no cause to find fault with the service that we provide, however the practice operates a practice complaints procedure as part of an NHS service for dealing with complaints.
Our complaints system meets national criteria.
We hope that most problems can be sorted out easily and quickly, preferably at the time they arise and with the person concerned. However, more formal complaints may be dealt with by Gillian McCormick, Practice Complaints Officer in the first instance.
To help the smooth running of the Practice
We strongly support the NHS policy on zero tolerance. Anyone attending the surgery who abuses the GPs, staff or other patients be it verbally, physically or behaves in any threatening manner whatsoever, will risk removal from the practice list. In extreme cases we may sum-mon the police to remove offenders from the practice premises.
Patients may also be removed from the practice list in the following circumstances:
Damage to practice property or equipment.
Persistent misuse of the system.
Patients whom the Doctors are unable to manage clinically eg breach of contract with the Doctor regarding use of prescribed medication, breakdown in patient communication.
About the personal information we use
Stevenston Group Practice use personal information on different groups of individuals including:
Professional experts and consultants
Individuals captured by CCTV
The personal information we use includes information that identifies you like your name, address, date of birth and postcode.
We also use more sensitive types of personal information, including information about racial or ethnic origin; political opinions; religious or philosophical beliefs; trade union membership; genetic data, health; sex life or sexual orientation.
The information we use can relate to personal and family details; education, training and employment details; financial details; lifestyle and social circumstances; goods and services; visual images; details held in the patient record; responses to surveys.
Under the National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts)(Scotland) Regulations 2018 Stevenston Group Practice are contracted to provide continuing, comprehensive, co-ordinated and person centred healthcare to patients in their communities. We undertake these tasks so that we can help to promote the improvement of the physical and mental health of our patients.
We use personal information to enable us to provide healthcare services for patients, supporting and managing our employees; maintaining our accounts and records and the use of CCTV systems for crime prevention.
Stevenston Group Practice as data controller, is required to have a legal basis when using personal information. Stevenston Group Practice considers that performance of our tasks and functions are in the public interest. So when using personal information our legal basis is usually that its use is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest, or in the exercise of official authority vested in us. In some situations we may rely on a different legal basis; for example, when we are using personal information to pay a supplier, our legal basis is that its use is necessary for the purposes of our legitimate interests as a buyer of goods and services. Another example would be for compliance with a legal obligation to which Stevenston Group Practice is subject to, for example under the Public Health etc (Scotland) Act 2008 we are required to notify Health Protection Scotland when someone contracts a specific disease.
When we are using more sensitive types of personal information, including health information, our legal basis is usually that the use is necessary:for the provision of health or social care or treatment or the management of health or social care systems and services; or
On rare occasions we may rely on your explicit consent as our legal basis for using your personal information. When we do this we will explain what it means, and the rights that are available, to you. You should be aware that we will continue to ask for your consent for other things like taking part in a drug trial.
4. Who provides the personal information
When you do not provide information directly to us, we receive it from other individuals and organisations involved in the delivery of health and care services in Scotland. These include NHS Boards including hospitals and primary care contractors such as GPs, dentists, pharmacists and opticians; other public bodies e.g. Local Authorities and suppliers of goods and services.
Depending on the situation, where necessary we will share appropriate, relevant and proportionate personal information in compliance with the law, with the following:
It is sometimes necessary to transfer personal health information overseas for example if you require urgent medical treatment abroad. When this is needed information may be transferred to countries or territories around the world. Any transfers made will be in full compliance with NHSScotland Information Security Policy. 7. Retention periods of the information we hold
Within Stevenston Group Practice we keep personal information as set out in the Scottish Government Records Management: NHS Code of Practice (Scotland) Version 2.1 January 2012. The NHS Code of Practice sets out minimum retention periods for information, including personal information, held in different types of records including personal health records and administrative records.
We take care to ensure your personal information is only accessible to authorised people. Our staff have a legal and contractual duty to keep personal health information secure, and confidential. The following security measures are in place to protect personal information:
9. Your rights
This section contains a description of your data protection rights within Stevenston Group Practice
The right to be informed
Stevenston Group Practice must explain how we use your personal information. We use a number of ways to communicate how personal information is used, including:
The right of Access
You have the right to access your own personal information.
This right includes making you aware of what information we hold along with the opportunity to satisfy you that we are using your information fairly and legally.
You have the right to obtain:
Although we must provide this information free of charge, if your request is considered unfounded or excessive, or if you request the same information more than once, we may charge a reasonable fee.
If you would like to access your personal information, you can do this by contacting:
Gillian McCormick, Practice Manager
Once we have details of your request and you have provided us with enough information for us to locate your personal information, we will respond to your request without delay, within one month (30 days). However If your request is complex we may take longer, by up to two months, to respond. If this is the case we will tell you and explain the reason for the delay.
If the personal information we hold about you is inaccurate or incomplete you have the right to have this corrected.
If it is agreed that your personal information is inaccurate or incomplete we will aim to amend your records accordingly, normally within one month, or within two months where the request is complex. However, we will contact you as quickly as possible to explain this further if the need to extend our timescales applies to your request. Unless there is a risk to patient safety, we can restrict access to your records to ensure that the inaccurate or incomplete information is not used until amended.
If for any reason we have shared your information with anyone else, perhaps during a referral to another service for example, we will notify them of the changes required so that we can ensure their records are accurate.
If on consideration of your request Stevenston Group Practice does not consider the personal information to be inaccurate then we will add a comment to your record stating your concerns about the information. If this is case we will contact you within one month to explain our reasons for this.
If you are unhappy about how we have responded to your request for rectification we will provide you with information on how you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office, or how to take legal action.
When Stevenston Group Practice is processing your personal information for the purpose of the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority you have the right to object to the processing and also seek that further processing of your personal information is restricted. Provided we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for processing your personal information, for instance; patient safety or for evidence to support legal claims, your right will not be upheld.
There are other rights under current Data Protection Law however these rights only apply in certain circumstances. If you wish further information on these rights click on the following link
Stevenston Group Practice designate a Data Protection Officer to check that we handle personal information in a way that meets data protection law. If you are unhappy with the way in which we use your personal information please tell our Data Protection Officer using the contact details below.
Stevenston Group Practice
You also have the right to complain about how we use your personal information to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Details about this are on their website at www.ico.org.uk.