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DATA PROTECTION

The Elms Practice fully complies with the Data Protection Act 1998. Under the Act patients have a right to be informed whether personal data about them is being processed and have the right to access the data. Patients can review the data processed and formal applications for access should be made in writing to the Operation Manager. A fee may be charged for this.

The Data Protection Act contains eight Data Protection Principles. These state that all data must be:

  • Processed fairly and lawfully
  • Obtained & used only for specified and lawful purposes
  • Adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • Accurate and where necessary, kept up to date
  • Kept for no longer than necessary
  • Processed in accordance with the individual's rights (as defined)
  • Kept secure
  • Transferred only to countries that offer adequate data protection
The Data Protection Act requires that appropriate security measures are in place to safeguard against unauthorised or unlawful access/processing of personal data.

Royal ArmData Protection Act 1998 Chapter 29

Click here to access HMSO website

Access to Records

In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Access to Health Records Act, patients may request to see their medical records. Such requests should be made through the Operation Manager and may be subject to an administration charge. No information will be released without the patient consent unless we are legally obliged to do so.

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