General Data Protection Regulation

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

This is a new EU law that determines how your personal data is processed and kept safe and the legal rights you have in relation to your own data.

The regulation applies from 25 May 2018 and will continue to apply even after the UK leaves the EU

What it will mean for patients

  • Data must be processed lawfully, fairly and transparently
  • It must be collected for specific, explicit and legitimate purposes
  • It must be limited to what is necessary for the purposes for which it is processed
  • Information must be accurate and up to date
  • Data must be held securely
  • It can only be retained for as long as is necessary for the reasons it was collected

There are also stronger rights for patients regarding the information that practices hold about them which include:

  • Being informed about how their data is used
  • Patients to have access to their own data
  • The right to request incorrect information is changed
  • The right to restrict how their data is used
  • The right to move patient data from one health organisation to another
  • The right to object to their patient data being processed (in certain circumstances)

You can view our Practice Privacy Notices and leaflets below

If you wish to have a copy of your medical records you must complete a Subject Access Request Form.