Sharing Information

How your information will be used

When you arrive at Parkside you will be asked for information about your medical history.  This helps us to provide appropriate care for you and meet your needs.

The information will be shared with your GP and other healthcare professionals involved with your care (such as district nurses).  Your information is only passed on when essential to your continuing care.  At your request, our staff can update a named friend or relative on the progress of your treatment.

Our staff may ask for information for other purposes including:

  • Looking after the health of the general public
  • Helping staff to review the care they provide
  • Managing and planning within the NHS: for example, ensuring we can meet patients’ needs, recording performance, or investigating complaints

Information may also be used for training or educating staff, or in research which has been approved by the local Reserch Ethics Committee.   If your information is involved you will be contacted for consent.  There are certain circumstances in which the law requires us to pass on information, such as recording a birth.

Your health records

Everyone working for the Trust – and anyone receiving information from us – has a legal duty to keep information about patients completely confidential.  Where possible , details that identify you will be removed.  The Medical Director monitors patient confidentiality in this role as Caldicott Guardian.

If you would like to see the records we hold about you then you may apply to the Hospital, which will charge a small administrative fee.  To find out more about the ways your information is used, please telephone our Data Protections Officer on: 01276 604675  (9am-5pm Monday to Friday) or discuss any issues with your consultant.