Consent and confidentiality

All NHS staff have a legal duty to keep information about you confidential

We are required to keep some information about you, which we use to help us to care for you and to help us monitor the way we run our services. While we are caring for you, your GP will be kept informed of your progress unless you specifically ask us not to. We may also need to share information with other agencies, such as social services, which may care for you.

Consent to procedures

If a patient is deemed capable of giving consent to treatment we will provide as much information as possible and get their agreement before performing any procedure. If patients are deemed capable of refusing treatment we will respect these wishes.

For patients who are unable to give consent, we do our best to consult a next of kin or an advocate about any serious treatment we need to give. Parental consent will usually be sought for children requiring treatment. In certain circumstances, however, such as in an emergency, treatment will be provided without consent if we think it is in your best interests.

Fair Processing Notice

Other Organisations with whom we may share your information

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Medical records

You have the right to see your medical records and letters related to your care. If you would like to see your records please contact the relevant medical records department by following the links and information below: