Any information we receive about you must
be processed in accordance with The Data Protection Act 1998.
This is a UK Act of Parliament which defines UK law on the processing
of data on identifiable living people.
In accordance with the Data Protection Act you have the right
to view your records if you wish; in some circumstances a small
fee may be payable. Please contact us for further details if required.
You also have the right to request that incorrect information
be corrected; please help to keep your record up to date by informing
us of any changes to your circumstances. The Act also requires
that data is not used in any way that could cause damage or distress
and it is not used for direct marketing.
The General Medical Council policy on confidentiality (2006) states
“Confidentiality is central to trust between doctors and
patients. Without assurances about confidentiality, patients may
be reluctant to seek medical attention or to give doctors the
information they need in order to provide good care. But appropriate
information sharing is essential to the efficient provision of
safe, effective care, both for the individual patient and for
the wider community of patients.”
Surrey Ultrasound Services staff may have access to your medical
records; this enables them to do their jobs more effectively.
Occasionally, it may be necessary to share information with others
involved in your care to make sure that you get the best service
possible. Anyone with access to your record is appropriately trained
in confidentiality issues and is governed by both a legal and
contractual duty to keep your details private.
We take our responsibilities with regards to data protection and
confidentiality very seriously; all information about you is held
securely. Very occasionally we may be required by law to release
your details to statutory or other official bodies, for example
if a court order is presented, or in the case of public health
issues. In other circumstances you may be required to give written
consent before information is released, for example if a report
of an examination performed is required for an insurance claim.
Occasionally, we may need to contact you by telephone. Please
provide us with a telephone number that you are happy for us to
contact you on. If we contact you and you are not available on
that number, we will leave a message asking you to contact us,
but no further details. We will not disclose details to other
members of your family without your prior consent.