Practice Policies & Procedures
NHS Digital transparency notice: GPES data for pandemic planning and research (COVID-19)
This transparency notice provides details about how NHS Digital collects, analyses, publishes and disseminates personal data collected from GP practices for coronavirus (COVID-19) planning and research purposes, you can read it here.
We endeavour to offer the best service to all our patients. If you feel we have fallen short please feel free to discuss this with any staff member. If the issue is not resolved to your satisfaction they will suggest you contact Karey Bennett, to whom you may talk to informally, discuss the problem and who may offer you further advice on our formal complaints procedures. If you wish to follow this please let us know as soon as possible after a problem or issue arises. If it is not possible to raise your complaint immediately, please let us have details of your complaint within the following timescales:
- Within 12 months of the incident that caused the problem
- Within 12 months from when the complaint comes to your notice
The Practice will acknowledge your complaint within three working days.
When the practice looks into your complaint it aims to:
- Ascertain the full circumstances of the complaint.
- Make arrangements for you to discuss the problem with those concerned if you would like this.
- Make sure you receive an apology, where this is appropriate.
- Identify what the practice can do to make sure the problem does not happen again.
Complaining on behalf of someone else
Please note that York Medical Group keeps strictly to the rules of medical confidentiality. If you are complaining on behalf of someone else, the practice needs to know that you have their permission to do so, a note signed by the person concerned will be required unless they are incapable of providing this due to illness or disability.
Complaining to other authorities
The practice management team hopes that if you have a problem you will use the Practice Complaints Procedure. If you are dissatisfied with the response received from us, you can contact any of the following 2 bodies:
- NHS Complaints Advocacy Service, By post: York Advocacy Hub, 30 Clarence Street, York YO31 7DE By phone: 01904 414357
- As a last resort, if you are not happy with the response from this practice, you can refer your complaint to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman who investigates complaints about the NHS in England. You can call the Ombudsman’s Complaints Helpline on 0345 015 4 033 or http://www.ombudsman.org.uk or Textphone (Minicom): 0300 061 4298
If you have a genuine concern about a staff member or regulated activity carried out by this Practice then you can contact the Care Quality Commission on 03000 616161, or alternatively visit the website: www.cqc.org.uk/contact-us
However, if you feel you cannot raise your complaint with us and have not already contacted the surgery please get in touch with:
- National Commissioning Board, Central Contact Centre, PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT or telephone 0300 311 22 33 Mon to Fri 8am to 6pm or email [email protected]
Help with other medical services
Independent Complaints and Advocacy service
ICAS is a national service that supports people who want to make a complaint about their NHS Care or treatment. Your local ICAS service can be found on the website below:
- The Patient Advice Liaison service known as PALS, has been introduced to ensure that the NHS listens to patients, their relatives, carers and friends, and answers their questions and resolves their concerns as quickly as possible.
Contact Telephone Number: 01904 726262
Address: York Hospital, Wigginton Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO31 8HE
Contact Email Address: [email protected]
How we keep your records confidential
Everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to keep your information completely confidential.
We have a duty to:
- Maintain full and accurate records of the care we provide to you.
- Keep records about you confidential and secure.
- Provide information in a format that is accessible to you (e.g. large type if you are partially sighted).
We will not share information that identifies you for any reason unless:
- You ask us to do so.
- We ask and you give us specific permission.
- We have to do this by law.
- We have special permission for health or research purposes.
- We have special permission because the interests of the public are thought to be of greater importance than your confidentiality-for example, if you had a serious medical condition that may put other people you come into contact with at risk.
We hold your records in STRICT CONFIDENCE.
Who are our partner organisations?
We may share information with the following main partner organisations:
- Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
- NHS Trusts
- Special Health Authorities
- Ambulance Service
- Nimbuscare Ltd
We may also share your information, with your consent and subject to strict sharing protocols on how it will be used, with:
- Social Services
- Education Services
- Local Authorities
- Voluntary Sector Providers
- Private Sector
Anyone who receives this information from us also has a legal duty to keep it confidential.
If you require this leaflet in a different format or you need further information or assistance, please ask at Reception.
Why we collect information about you
In the National Health Service we aim to provide you with the highest quality of health care. To do this we must keep records about you, your health and the care we have provided or plan to provide to you.
These records may include:
- Basic details about you such as your address, date of birth and next of kin.
- Contact we have had with you, such as clinical visits.
- Notes and reports about your health.
- Details and records about your treatment and care.
- Results of x-rays, laboratory tests etc.
- Relevant information from people who care for you and know you well, such as health professionals and relatives.
It is good practice for people in the NHS who provide care to:
- Discuss and agree with you what information they are going to record.
- Give you a copy of letters they are writing about you, if you ask
- Show you what they have recorded about you, if you ask.
How your records are used
The people who care for you use your records to:
- Provide a good basis for all health decisions made in consultation with you and other health care professionals.
- Deliver appropriate health care.
- Make sure your health care is safe and effective, and
- Work effectively with others who are providing you with health care.
Others may also need to use records about you in order to:
- Check the quality of health care e.g. carrying out a clinical audit.
- Protect the health of the general public.
- Keep track of NHS spending.
- Manage the health service.
- Help investigate any concerns or complaints you or your family have about your health care.
- Teach health workers.
- Help with research.
Some information will be held centrally to be used for statistical purposes. In such instances, we take strict measures to ensure that individual patients cannot be identified.
We use anonymous information wherever possible, but on occasions we may use identifiable information for essential NHS purposes such as research and auditing.
This information will only be used with your consent, unless the law requires us to pass on the information.
You have the right
You have the right to confidentiality under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), the Human Rights Act 1998 and the common law duty of confidence. The Equality Act 2010 may also apply. You also have the right to ask for a copy of all records about you (a fee may be charged)
- You are able to access your partial medical records online by registering to use online services. Visit reception for further information.
- Otherwise, requests must be made in writing to the organisation holding your information.
- There may be a charge to have a printed copy of the information held about you.
- We are required to respond to you within 40 working days.
- You will need to give adequate information (for example full name, address, Date Of Birth, NHS number etc.).
- You will be required to provide ID before any information is released to you.
- If you think anything in your records is inaccurate or incorrect, please inform the organisation holding your information
The Data Protection Act 1998 requires organisations to notify the Information Commissioner of the purposes for which they process personal information.
How do I access my health records?
Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you have a legal right to access your health records. You are able to access your partial medical records by registering to use online services. If you want to see your health records, you should contact your Medical Reports Department in the first instance who will help you to arrange a date and time to come in and read them. You do not have to give a reason for wanting to see your records.
As well as having a copy of your health records, the surgery will also have a summary of any hospital tests, or treatment, that you have had.
Any hospitals where you have had treatment, or tests, will also hold records.
To see your hospital health records, you will have to contact the Hospital Trust where you were seen / received treatment.
Under the Data Protection Act 1998 (Fees and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2001, the maximum fee that can be charged for access to copies of health records is £10 for computer records and £50 for copies of manual records or a mixture of manual and computer records. All charges include copying, postage and packing.
Power of Attorney
Your health records are confidential, and members of your family are not allowed to see them, unless you consent to give them written permission, or they have ‘power of attorney’.
A lasting ‘power of attorney’ is a legal document that allows you to appoint someone to make decisions for you, should you become incapable of making decisions yourself; the person you appoint is known as your attorney, an attorney can make decisions about your finances, property and welfare.
It is very important that you trust the person you appoint as attorney, so that they do not abuse their responsibility.
A legal ‘power of attorney’ must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before it can be used.
Some Things Must Be Kept Private
The NHS is dedicated to protecting your information In order to provide you with the best possible healthcare, we need to maintain proper records of your health and make sure that this is available to your medical team, wherever and whenever possible.
All of our staff are trained in their responsibilities to protect your data and are under legal obligations not to disclose this information to unauthorised bodies or people.
Your medical records are vital. We use your records to help us to give you proper healthcare and advice. We also need records to manage and plan the NHS itself in order to provide proper accounting for the public money we spend and to have the right resources in the right place.
We also use medical records in research to help find cures and treatments for illnesses. This helps us and other research bodies better understand diseases and determine which treatments work best under certain circumstances.
When we use this information we make sure that, wherever possible, we do not use personal details such as your name and address, in order to protect your confidentiality.
When releasing information to researchers, we give them only the minimum data necessary, and all of their research is carefully vetted.
If you have any queries around Data Protection please contact: Tess Johnston, Head Of Operations, York Medical Group via [email protected]
If possible please try to telephone before 10:30. A doctor or nurse will phone you back, as it may be that your problem can be dealt with by telephone advice, or it may be more appropriate to arrange a hospital attendance.
Home visits are only available for patients who are too ill (eg terminally ill) or physically incapable of travelling to the surgery (eg a truly housebound patient for whom travel to the surgery by car would cause deterioration in their medical condition).
Our doctors typically see four patients in the practice in the time it takes to do a single home visit. For this reason, we ask our patients to come to the practice if at all possible. There are also better facilities for examining and treating patients at the surgery
You can also be visited at home by a community nurse if you are referred by your GP. You should also be visited at home by a health visitor if you have recently had a baby or if you are newly registered with a GP and have a child under five years.
View our privacy information policy (GDPR)
- YMG Privacy Notice – Complaints
- YMG Privacy Notice – Direct Care
- YMG Privacy Notice – Emergencies
- YMG Privacy Notice – Medical Reports
- YMG Privacy Notice – National Screening Programmes
- YMG Privacy Notice – NHS Digital
- YMG Privacy Notice – Payments
- YMG Privacy Notice – Public Health
- YMG Privacy Notice – Research
- YMG Privacy Notice – Risk Stratification
- YMG Privacy Notice – Safeguarding
- YMG Privacy Notice – Summary Care Record
- YMG Privacy Notice – Telephone Calls