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Keston Medical Practice
 Keston Medical Practice
national health service

Keston Medical Practice

Purley War Memorial Hospital
856 Brighton Road
Purley, Surrey
CR8 2YL
Tel: 020 8660 8292
Fax: 020 8645 9071
Our Walk in Flu clinic is Saturday 14th October 8.30 to 12pm. If you are over 18 years amd entitled to a flu vaccination please come along

Information about you and the care you receive is shared, in a secure system, by

healthcare staff to support your treatment and care.

 

It is important that we, the NHS, can use this information to plan and improve

services for all patients. We would like to link information from all the different

places where you receive care, such as your GP, hospital and community service,

to help us provide a full picture. This will allow us to compare the care you

received in one area against the care you received in another, so we can see what

has worked best.

 

Information such as your postcode and NHS number, but not your name, will

be used to link your records in a secure system, so your identity is protected.

Information which does not reveal your identity can then be used by others, such

as researchers and those planning health services, to make sure we provide the

best care possible for everyone.

 

How your information is used and shared is controlled by law and strict rules are

in place to protect your privacy.

 

We need to make sure that you know this is happening and the choices

you have.

 

Please take time to read this information. You need to make

a choice.

 

Benefits of sharing information

Sharing information can help improve understanding, locally and nationally, of the

most important health needs and the quality of the treatment and care provided by

local health services. It may also help researchers by supporting studies that identify

patterns in diseases, responses to different treatments and potential solutions.

 

Information will also help to:

 

• find more effective ways of preventing, treating and managing illnesses;

 

• guide local decisions about changes that are needed to respond to the needs of

local patients;

 

• support public health by anticipating risks of particular diseases and conditions,

and help us to take action to prevent problems;

 

• improve the public’s understanding of the outcomes of care, giving them

confidence in health and care services; and

• guide decisions about how to manage NHS resources fairly so that they can best

support the treatment and management of illness for the benefit of patients.

 

What will we do with the information?

 

We will only use the minimum amount of information we need to help us improve

patient care and the services we provide.

 

We have developed a thorough process that must be followed before any

information can be shared. We sometimes release information to approved

researchers, if this is allowed under the strict rules in place to protect your privacy.

We are very careful with the information and we follow strict rules about how it is

stored and used.

 

We will make sure that the way we use information is in line with the law,

national guidance and best practice. Reports that we publish will never identify

a particular person.

 

Do I have a choice?

 

Yes. You have the right to prevent confidential information about you from being

shared or used for any purpose other than providing your care, except in special

circumstances. If you do not want information that identifies you to be shared

outside your GP practice, ask your practice to make a note of this in your medical

record. This will prevent your confidential information being used other than where

necessary by law, (for example, if there is a public health emergency).

 

You will also be able to restrict the use of information held by other places you

receive care, such as hospitals and community services. You should let your GP

know if you want to restrict the use of this information.

 

Your choice will not affect the care you receive.

 

Do I need to do anything?

 

If you are happy for your information to be shared you do not need to do anything.

There is no form to fill in and nothing to sign and you can change your mind at

any time.

 

If you have concerns or are not happy for your information to be shared, speak to

your GP practice.

 

Where can I get more information?

 

Leaflets in other languages and formats are available from www.nhs.uk/caredata 

 

For further information www.nhs.uk/caredata and  www.hscic.gov.uk


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