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Cathedral Medical Group
Cawley Road, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1XT

Telephone: 01243 813 450
Fax: 01243 813 474
Aesthetics: 01243 813457

Email: cathedralmedical@nhs.net

Regulatory Information


Confidentiality


To enable us to provide the best possible health care, records containing personal information, together with details of your treatment will be retained on file/on computer at the practice, as these will need to be accessed when you are seen again. 


The law states patients should be informed as to how this information will be used and recorded:


The practice is legally obliged to pass on information for specific circumstances, ie to notify a birth or death.

This information may at times be used, in an anonymous form, ie no patient names, for reasons such as:

  • To help us to protect the health of the public;

  • To contribute to the efficient running of the NHS, ie planning for the future;

  • Training of staff;

  • Carrying out medical and other health research approved by the Local Research Ethics Committee.

Medical records (paper format and computerised) kept within the practice may only be disclosed to members of the primary health care team.  This may include members of Social Services, who need to know selected parts of your records in order to do their job effectively, on your behalf.


It may be necessary at times to review the work of the doctors and nurses in order to make improvements to the service.  Either practice staff or other medical workers, who are bound by the same level of confidentiality, gather data.  Such data is made anonymous.


The practice assumes your permission to continue this quality assurance work without asking your permission on an individual basis.  You should discuss any queries or concerns regarding confidentiality with the Practice Manager or your GP.


Patients should also be aware that:

  • relatives or carers may be kept up to date with the progress of your treatment, if you have given your permission (see Carers and the Cared for).  Patients should therefore discuss this requirement with the doctor or nurse delivering their care;

  • the NHS Central Register for England Wales contains basic personal details of all patients registered with a General Practitioner;

  • everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to keep information about you confidential; anyone who receives information from us is also under a legal duty to keep it confidential;

  • you have a right of access to your health records.

Data Protection Act


As is required by law, we are registered under the Data Protection Act.  This means that all data held, whether computerised or manual, is protected and not automatically divulged to third parties.  The only exception to this rule is if other health care workers require medical details as a necessary part of an openly agreed referral to other medical teams, such as those based at St. Mary’s Hospital.


Freedom of Information Act


The purpose of the Act, which came into full effect in January 2005, is to promote a culture of openness and accountability by providing people with rights of access to information held by public authorities.  It is a requirement under Section 19 of the Act for such organisations, including GP practices, to have a Publication Scheme.  A copy of our publication scheme is available from reception. A copy of the Act is available on the Freedom of Information website.


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