Everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to keep information about you confidential. We, as a Trust, ensure that all staff complete Information Governance Training on an annual basis to reaffirm the importance of maintaining confidentiality, safeguarding information and ensuring they manage information legally, securely and efficiently.
You may be receiving care from other organisations as well as the NHS, for example, from Social Services. In these instances we may need to share some information about you; we only ever use or pass on information if people have a genuine need for it. We only provide essential information and anyone who receives information from us is also under a legal duty to ensure that it remains confidential. We will only pass on information to your relatives, friends and carers if you want us to.
Please note: your GP may have access to your hospital information to see updates to your treatment and condition.
In certain circumstances we are required, by law, to report information to certain authorities. For instance, where there is an infectious condition that may endanger the health and safety of others or where a court order has been issued to obtain information about you. This information is only given after formal authority has been given by a qualified health professional.
If you wish to find out more around how your personal information is used, please see our patient information leaflet (link, opens in a new window).