Sharing your Information with Others

Collecting and sharing information is essential to provide safe and effective healthcare.

Appropriate information sharing is an essential part of the provision of safe and effective care. Patients may be put at risk if those who provide their care do not have access to relevant, accurate and up-to-date information about them.

All staff have an ethical and legal duty to keep patient information confidential.

If you do not wish your health information to be shared please notify the Practice in writing, in order that we may update your record.

When sharing information, NHS Scotland only provides the minimum information required and only if there is a legal basis for that, otherwise the NHS will ask for your consent prior to sharing your data.

Giving Consent to a family member/relative.

Patients who are 16 years of age and older are required to give consent if they wish a relative or family member to speak on their behalf.

If you wish for someone to contact us to speak on your behalf please complete the following form and return to Biggar Medical Practice.

The validity of consent is considered on a case-by-case basis taking into account current guidance (see GMC website).  Decisions are made taking into account our legal and professional obligations, and our duty of care to our patients. There may be instances where consent is not felt to be valid.  This is at the discretion of the practice Partners. In some circumstances it may not be possible to discuss reasons for discretionary decisions with third parties