Data protection and health records
Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is registered to process personal and sensitive personal data under the Data Protection Act 1998 (data controller).
All our staff have a duty to ensure that personal information, given in confidence, remains confidential. The duty of confidence is conferred by common law, statute, disciplinary codes and our contract of employment.
Why do we collect data?
We collect data on our patients for the purposes of care and treatment and to audit that care and treatment. We may use personal and sensitive personal data for the purposes of teaching and research but we will only do this with the consent of you or your carer. We use anonymised data wherever possible to protect patient confidentiality.
We may share information with other NHS or social care organisations for the purposes of ongoing care and treatment. You will be informed of this and given the opportunity to object. We will also disclose information as required by law, for example to comply with a court order.
Access to Your Health Records
All our patients have the right to see their own medical records and can write to the medico-legal team at:
The Medical Records Department
Warrington WA5 1QG
Or they can be contacted by telephone on 01925 662164.
There are charges to get copies of your health records including an administration fee, and any photocopying and postage costs up to a maximum of £50. You can also apply for access to your medical record by downloading a subject access request form.
Queries on Data Protection Issues
If you have any questions about data protection, please e-mail email@example.com