Both your computerised and written health records are protected under the Data Protection Act 1998. Identifiable information about you will sometimes be shared with others e.g. to enable you to receive further medical treatment from district nurses, hospitals, other medical services, to get you help from other services e.g. the social work dept (this will require your consent), or when we have a duty to others e.g. in child protection cases.
Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you have a right to know who holds personal information about you. This person or organisation is called the data controller. In the NHS, the data controller is usually your local NHS board and your GP surgery. The NHS must keep your personal health information confidential. It is your right.
It explains that anyone who looks after your health has to keep information about you private. This may be doctors, nurses, pharmacists or other health workers.
The information tells you only about how things work in the health service, not other organisations such as your school or social services.
When you are young, your parents are usually involved in your health care. They may make decisions for you, and speak to health workers on your behalf. But as you get older you have more rights. You can decide if you want your parents to be involved or not.
For further information concerning Confidentiality and your rights please visit the Health Rights Information Scotland
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