Information about you, your medical treatment and family may be recorded and held onPhotograph of a member of staff with a patient in pharmacy both paper and computerised systems as part of providing you our services. This information is vital for the effective functioning of the NHS and is needed to give you the best possible healthcare. The Trust will hold your information in the strictest confidence and any information exchanged in the course of your care will be dealt with in line with the law. All our staff have a legal and professional duty to keep information about you confidential and secure.

Occasionally, we may need to share your information with other agencies involved in your treatment. For example, when you are discharged, a letter will be sent to your own GP with details of your treatment and advising him/her of further treatment required. In some cases data may be used for other purposes, for example, information used by the Trust during clinical audits.

The Trust also uses a number of other organisations to support the delivery of care. Where this is the case, agreements are put in place ensuring these organisations comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Trust supports the rights of all patients to restrict the disclosure of their personal information. Please make these wishes clear and discuss your decision with our staff, as there may be implications of withholding certain information. If you have any further questions, please contact the Information Governance Department on 01270 273812 or ask a member of staff for a copy of our information leaflet ‘How we use personal information’ which explains in more detail how your information may be used.