ACCESS TO MEDICAL RECORDS
Whilst we are responsible for the proper maintenance of your Medical Record during your period of Registration with this practice, these records remain the property of the Health Authority.
Dr S J Godfrey & Partners is registered under the Data Protection Act 1988. We are required under the Data Protection Act 1988 to maintain your personal medical records in a confidential manner and access to your records is therefore restricted to those persons deemed to be maintaining those records on behalf of the Department of Health and by those directly involved in your health care.
As the patient (data subject) you have a right, subject to limitations under the law, to have access to your personal Medical Record. We can only respond to enquiries about your medical history from such bodies as Insurance companies, employers etc. with your written and signed consent. You will normally be asked to give consent to such enquiries before your General Practitioner releases information.
If, for any reason, you wish to view your personal Medical Record you are required to make a formal request to the Practice Manager who will agree a date and time for you to visit the practice and have access to those records. Whilst viewing your record you are at liberty to make any notes that you may feel appropriate. You will be allowed to ask for copies of any information that you have seen and you will be asked to pay a nominal sum for these copies.
You will not be allowed to either remove from the practice, amend, delete or in any other way alter your personal Medical Record. If you believe that there is an error in your record, you must bring this to the attention of the Practice Manager who will ensure that your concerns are notified to your General Practitioner. The alleged error will be investigated and if the error is confirmed, the General Practitioner will amend your records accordingly.
The practice offers various services i.e. child health surveillance, contraception, counselling, maternity, medicals, minor surgery and travel vaccinations. Some of our services are not covered by the NHS. For further details, please see the "Non-NHS Services" section.
All new patients registering with the practice will be asked to complete a health questionnaire.
Any patient who is registered with the practice, but has not been seen for three years by either a doctor or nurse, will be invited to attend a consultation during which specific medical tests will be carried out.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION - PRACTICE PUBLICATION SCHEME
The Scheme for Dr. Godfrey & Partners can be viewed at:-
Totton Health Centre,