Access to Records
In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Access to Health Records Act, patients can request to see their medical records.
Requests should be made through the practice manager and may be subject to an administration charge.
No information will be released without the patient consent unless we are legally obliged to do so.
Most problems can be sorted out quickly and easily, often at the time they arise with the person concerned and this may be the approach you try first.
Where you are not able to resolve your complaint in this way and wish to make a formal complaint you should do so, in writing as soon as possible after the event and ideally within a few days, as this helps us to establish what happened more easily.
Send your written complaint to:
The Practice Manager or if you prefer you may contact the complaints team at NHS England on 03003112233/email [email protected]
Please see below, our complaints leaflet.
Confidentiality & Medical Records
The practice complies with data protection and access to medical records legislation.
Identifiable information about you will be shared with others in the following circumstances:
- To provide further medical treatment for you e.g. from district nurses and hospital services.
- To help you get other services e.g. from the social work department. This requires your consent.
- When we have a duty to others e.g. in child protection cases anonymised patient information will be used at local and national level to help the Health Board and Government plan services e.g. for diabetic care.
If you do not wish anonymous information about you to be used in such a way, please let us know.
Reception and administration staff require access to your medical records in order to do their jobs.
These members of staff are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the medical staff.
Freedom of Information
Information about the General Practitioners and the practice required for disclosure under this act can be made available to the public.
All requests for information should be made to the practice manager.
Summary Care Record
There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR).
It is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.
Why do I need a Summary Care Record?
Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.
This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for you.
Who can see it?
Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record.
How do I know if I have one?
Over half of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. You can find out whether Summary Care Records have come to your area by looking at our interactive map or by asking your GP
Do I have to have one?
No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page.
Opt Out Form
Your Named GP
As part of the new GP Contract all patients now have a named GP and that GP will have overall responsibility for the care and support that Dr Mall and Partners provides to them.
They will also work with other relevant health and care professionals, who are involved in your care, to ensure that your care package meets your individual needs.
This does not mean that you will always have to see the same GP, you can see whichever GP you choose to, however, the named GP will ultimately be responsible for all your medical needs.