Privacy Notice

Fair Processing Notice under the Data Protection Act 2018 – How we use your personal information

This fair processing notice explains why the GP practice collects information about you and how that information may be used.

The health care professionals who provide you with care maintain records about your health and any treatment or care you have received previously (e.g. NHS Trust, GP Surgery, Walk-in clinic, etc.). These records help to provide you with the best possible healthcare.

NHS health records may be electronic, on paper or a mixture of both, and we use a combination of working practices and technology solutions to ensure that your information is kept confidential and secure.

Records which this Practice hold about you may include the following information:

  • Details about you, such as your address, carer, legal representative, emergency contact details, next of kin
  • Any contact the surgery has had with you, such as appointments, telephone, eConsults submitted by you, etc.
  • Notes and reports about your health
  • Details about your treatment and care
  • Results of investigations such as laboratory tests, x-rays etc.
  • Relevant information from other health professionals, relatives or those who care for you

To ensure you receive the best possible care, your records are used to facilitate the care you receive. Information held about you may be used to help protect the health of the public and to help us manage the NHS. Information may be used within the GP practice for clinical audit to monitor the quality of the service provided. Some of this information will be held centrally and used for statistical purposes. Where we do this, we take strict measures to ensure that individual patients cannot be identified. Sometimes your information may be requested to be used for research purposes – if this information needs to be identifiable, the surgery will always gain your explicit consent before releasing the information for this purpose.

General Practice Data for Planning and Research

Patients personal confidential data will be extracted and shared with NHS Digital in order to support vital health and care planning and research. Further information can be found here.

Risk Stratification

Risk stratification data tools are increasingly being used in the NHS to help determine a person’s risk of suffering a particular condition, preventing an unplanned or (re)admission and identifying a need for preventive intervention. Information about you is collected from a number of sources including NHS Trusts and from this GP Practice.

A risk score is then arrived at through an analysis of your anonymised information using software managed by our clinical system provider, and is only provided back to your GP as data controller in an identifiable form. Risk stratification enables your GP to focus on preventing ill health and not just the treatment of sickness. If necessary your GP may be able to offer you additional services. Please note that you have the right to opt out of your data being used in this way.

Medicine Management

The Practice may conduct Medicines Management Reviews of medications prescribed to its patients. This service performs a review of prescribed medications to ensure patients receive the most appropriate, up to date and cost effective treatments.

This service is provided by pharmacists and Technicians employed by Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group. They are bound by the same confidentiality rules as our staff are.

Eastleigh Southern Parishes staff

The Practice works alongside Eastleigh Southern Parishes Network (ESPN) who employ Care Navigators, Social Prescribers and Health and Wellbeing workers. These are non-clinical staff whose role it is to prevent hospital admissions for vulnerable patients, and support the practice in providing care for their patients.

They have access to patients’ records when the patient has explicitly consented to this.

GP Connect – Primary and Secondary Care

We use a facility called GP Connect to support your direct care. GP Connect makes patient information available to all appropriate clinicians when and where they need it, to support direct patients care, leading to improvements in both care and outcomes. GP Connect is not used for any purpose other than direct care.

Authorised Clinicians such as GPs, NHS 111 Clinicians, Care Home Nurses (if you are in a Care Home), Secondary Care Trusts, Social Care Clinicians are able to access the GP records of the patients they are treating via a secure NHS Digital service called GP connect.

The NHS 111 service (and other services determined locally e.g. Other GP practices in a Primary Care Network) will be able to book appointments for patients at GP practices and other local services.

In order for your Personal Data to be shared or processed, an appropriate “legal basis” needs to be in place and recorded. The legal bases for direct care via GP Connect is the same as the legal bases for the care you would receive from your own GP, or another healthcare provider:

  • for the processing of personal data: Article 6.1 (e) of the UK GDPR: “processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller”.
  • for the processing of “Special Category Data” (which includes your medical information): Article 9.2 (h) of the UK GDPR:  “processing is necessary for the purposes of preventive or occupational medicine, for the assessment of the working capacity of the employee, medical diagnosis, the provision of health or social care or treatment or the management of health or social care systems and services”.

Because the legal bases used for your care using GP Connect are the same as used in other direct care situations, the legal rights you have over this data under UK GDPR will also be the same- these are listed elsewhere in our privacy notice.

How do we Maintain the Confidentiality of Your Records?

We are committed to protecting your privacy and will only use information collected lawfully in accordance with:

  • General Data Protection Regulations 2018 (formerly Data Protection Act 1998)
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Common Law Duty of Confidentiality
  • Health and Social Care Act 2012
  • NHS Codes of Confidentiality, Information Security and Records Management
  • Information: To Share or Not to Share Review

Every member of staff who works for an NHS organisation has a legal obligation to keep information about you confidential. Any visitor to the premises who will or could be exposed to your identifiable information will sign a confidentiality agreement.

We will only ever use or pass on information about you if others involved in your care have a genuine need for it. We will not disclose your information to any third party without your permission unless there are exceptional circumstances (i.e. life or death situations), where the law requires information to be passed on and / or in accordance with the new information sharing principle following Dame Fiona Caldicott’s information sharing review (Information to share or not to share) where “The duty to share information can be as important as the duty to protect patient confidentiality.”

This means that health and social care professionals should have the confidence to share information in the best interests of their patients within the framework set out by the Caldicott principles. They should be supported by the policies of their employers, regulators and professional bodies.

Who are Our Partner Organisations?

  • NHS Trusts / Foundation Trusts
  • GP’s
  • NHS Commissioning Support Units
  • Independent Contractors such as dentists, opticians, pharmacists
  • Private Sector Providers
  • Voluntary Sector Providers
  • Ambulance Trusts
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Social Care Services
  • Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)
  • Local Authorities
  • Education Services
  • Fire and Rescue Services
  • Police & Judicial Services
  • Voluntary Sector Providers
  • Private Sector Providers
  • Other ‘data processors’ which you will be informed of

You will be informed who your data will be shared with and in some cases asked for explicit consent for this happen when this is required. We may also use external companies to process personal information, such as for archiving purposes. These companies are bound by contractual agreements to ensure information is kept confidential and secure.

Who are Our Partner Software Suppliers / Businesses?

We use a number of pieces of software and organisations outside of the NHS to facilitate your healthcare and enable our staff to contact you. These are as follows:

Name Description Can employees of the organisation access patient information? GDPR Statement
EVAD Telephone system – call recording onto a cloud-based server All the call recordings are recorded onto EVAD’s cloud-based secure servers. Support staff from EVAD are able to dial in remotely with the consent of our staff for problem solving. EVAD Privacy Policy
Healthcare Computing The practice’s primary general IT support provider Healthcare Computing support staff are able to remotely dial in with the consent of our staff for problem solving. Healthcare Computing GDPR Policy
EMIS Clinical system that holds patient demographic and medical information The servers and the connection to the practice are encrypted, so EMIS staff are not able to access patient information in this way. EMIS support staff are able to dial in remotely with the consent of our staff for problem solving. EMIS Group Privacy Notice
Docman Clinical software which holds patient letters and documents Docman support staff can remotely dial in with the consent of our staff for problem solving. Docman Privacy Policy
eConsult Provides the platform for online consultations requests Patient data is encrypted, consultation information is stored in pseudonymised form on eConsult’s servers. eConsult Privacy Notices
accuRx SMS system between the practice and patients accuRx is integrated with the clinical system. accuRx employees would only have access to this identifiable information when troubleshooting – they will sometimes dial into the staff member’s PC with the consent of the member of staff to fix a problem. accuRx Privacy Policy
Lexacom Cloud Dictation software which clinical staff use to dictate letters for the secretaries to type Lexacom support staff are able to dial in remotely with the consent of our staff for problem solving. Lexacom Cloud Privacy Policy
CFH Docmail Docmail is a printing and mailing agency which we use to send individual and  larges batches of letters Docmail staff can dial in remotely with the consent of our staff for problem solving. CFH Docmail Terms of Service
Health Intelligence Manage recall and screening of diabetic patients for diabetic retinopathy The Diabetic Eye Screening Programme is operated by Health Intelligence (commissioned by NHS England). This supports invitation for eye screening and ongoing care. This data may be shared with any Hospital Eye Services a patient is under the care of to support further treatment and with other healthcare professionals involved in patient care. HIOW DESP Privacy Notice
Numed Numed provides software and support for our ECG and spirometry machines Numed support staff can remotely dial in with the consent of our staff for problem solving. Numed GDPR Statement of Compliance
Engage Engage provide our patient check-in screen located in the reception area Engage support staff can remotely dial in with the consent of our staff for problem solving. Engage Privacy Notice
iGPR iGPR is a software tool that assists us with creating insurance reports and redaction of medical records iGPR staff have no access to patient information as it is fully encrypted whilst being transmitted to the insurer. iGPR Privacy Policy
Restore Datashred Shred paper on which is printed patient or other confidential data Representative comes to the practice and collects our shredding bins full of paper. This is then shredding on site and disposed of off-site. Restore Datashred Privacy Policy
MDU / MPS / MDDUS / NHS Resolution Indemnity organisations We will sometimes send by email or discuss by phone identifiable information when the organisation is supporting a GP in a patient complaint or litigation. Information will be redacted where possible. MDU Privacy Policy

MPS Privacy Notice

MDDUS Privacy Notice

NHS Resolution: How We Use Your Data

Tree View Designs Website provider Any patient data that is submitted via this website is encrypted and is stored on Tree View Designs’ servers. Tree View Designs Privacy & Transparency Notice

Access to personal information / Subject Access Requests

You have a right under the General Data Protection Regulations 2018 to request access to view or to obtain copies of what information the surgery holds about you and to have it amended should it be inaccurate. In order to request this, you need to do the following:

  • Your request must be made in writing to the GP, this can be made by email or letter (note for information from the hospital you should write direct to them)
  • We will initially offer you online access to your Detailed Coded Record. This contains your electronic medical record, and summarised paper record. It does not contain any letters from the hospitals or other attachments on your record. The advantage of applying for access to this record is that is updates as your medical record updates, so you will always have the most current information.
  • If the Detailed Coded Record is not adequate for your needs, we will email you a copy of your medical record. If you are not able to receive an email containing your medical record, you will print a copy for you. There may be a charge to have a printed copy of the information held about you if the administrative burden of photocopying and printing is excessive.
  • We are required to respond to you within 20 days
  • You will need to give adequate information (for example full name, address, date of birth, NHS number and details of your request) so that your identity can be verified and your records located

Objections / Complaints

Should you have any concerns about how your information is managed at the GP, please contact the Practice Manager by email, telephone or letter. If you are still unhappy following a review by the GP practice, you can then complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)[email protected], telephone: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745.

If you are happy for your data to be extracted and used for the purposes described in this privacy notice then you do not need to do anything. If you have any concerns about how your data is shared then please contact the practice.

Change of Details

It is important that you tell the person treating you if any of your details such as your name or address have changed or if any of your details such as date of birth is incorrect in order for this to be amended. You have a responsibility to inform us of any changes so our records are accurate and up to date for you.


The General Data Protection Regulations 2018 requires organisations to register a notification with the Information Commissioner to describe the purposes for which they process personal and sensitive information.

This information is publicly available on the Information Commissioner’s Office website

The practice is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Who is the Data Controller?

The Data Controller, responsible for keeping your information secure and confidential is: Hedge End Medical Centre

If you are still unhappy following a review by the Practice you can then complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).[email protected], telephone: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745.

Who is the Data Protection Officer?

As a public authority, we have to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO). The DPO for this Practice is NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit. They assist us in monitoring internal compliance, provides advice regarding Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs), and helps us demonstrate compliance with an enhanced focus on accountability. The contact details for our DPO is Judith Jordan 0121 611 0730 [email protected].