EVERYONE WORKING FOR THE NHS HAS A LEGAL DUTY TO KEEP INFORMATION ABOUT YOU CONFIDENTIAL.
We ask you for information so we can provide proper medical care and treatment. We keep this information together with details of your care because it may be needed if we see you again. We may also use this information for other reasons, for example to help us protect the health of the public in general and to see that the NHS runs efficiently. This information helps the NHS for the future, to train its staff, pay its bills and account for its actions. Information may also be needed to help educate tomorrow's clinical staff and to carry out medical and other health research for the benefit of everyone.
In exceptional circumstances, the law requires us to pass on specific information, for example where withholding information may put someone's life at risk.
The NHS Central Register for England & Wales contains basic personal details of all patients registered with a General Practitioner. The Register does not contain clinical information. You have a right of access to your health records.
When you are receiving care for other people as well as the NHS we may need to share with them some information about you, so that we can work together for your benefit.
We only ever pass on information about you if people have a genuine need for it in your and everyone's interests. Whenever we can we will remove details which identify you. The Law strictly controls the sharing of some types of very sensitive personal information. Anyone who receives information from us is also under a legal duty to keep it confidential.
Using Health Records
Official Data Sharing for Planning and Research