How your information is used

We use your health records in many ways. These include:-

  • referring you to other healthcare providers when you need other services or tests

  • sharing samples with laboratories for testing (like blood samples)

  • sharing test results with hospitals or community services (like blood test results)

  • allowing out of hours or extended hours GPs to view your health record when you see them

  • sending prescriptions to a pharmacy

  • texting you in relation to healthcare services

Sometimes we use your information to identify whether you need particular support from us. Those involved in your care might look at particular ‘indicators’ (such as conditions, results or measurements) and contact you to take action for healthcare purposes.

We will use automated technology to help us to identify people that might require additional support but, ultimately, the decision about how or whether we provide this support is made by you and those involved in your care.

We may also be required by law to share your information and will not always be able to discuss this with you directly. This might be for the purposes of detection or prevention of crime, where it is in the wider public interest, to safeguard children or vulnerable adults, reporting infectious diseases or where required by court order.

Our Data Protection Officer will be happy to speak to you if you have any concerns or objections.