You can be assured that your medical records are safe with Chew Medical Practice. We will only share data that identifies you under the following circumstances:
- With other health care professionals (hospital or community staff) as part of an agreed plan of treatment
- With your explicit consent, e.g. for participation in research studies
- In circumstances where it is in the interests of your health and you are not able to give consent, e.g. if you are unconscious
- Where we are obliged to divulge information under the Health & Social Care Act 2012, e.g. in the case of a national emergency or pandemic
Find out more about our approach to confidentiality in the leaflet Your Records are Safe with Us
What if I want to share?
Our strict rules about confidentiality mean that we will not discuss your medical affairs even with your close family unless you give us permission to do so. This includes details of appointments you have made. If you would like your partner, parent, son/daughter or carer to be able to speak to us on your behalf, you must tell us beforehand by filling in a patient consent form download form here and returning it to us.
If you would like to access your computerised and/or paper medical record, requests should be made in writing to the Practice Manager and may be subject to an administration charge. A Request for Access to Medical Records form can be downloaded HERE
Sharing GP records with the Royal United Hospital
Clinical staff at RUH are now able to view your entire GP records when they treat you. They cannot change them or add to them, but they are able to look at information that could be useful in treating you. It will also speed up access to information that the hospital would otherwise have to request from us.
The hospital doctor or nurse will ask for your consent before they look at your GP record, and you can refuse at the time if you refer. Alternatively you can tell us that you do not want your health record shared in this way, and we can block it at this end.