Data Sharing Information

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force on 25th  May 2018. 

Southbourne Surgery will comply with GDPR article 30(1) and will document in writing and maintain a record of our processing activities, covering areas such as processing purposes, data sharing and retention. This information will be available to patients in a series of Privacy Notices as detailed below.  A hard copy is available in the surgery. For more information about Southbourne Surgery's compliance with Data Protection and your Medical Records please click here.

Your data matters to the NHS and to us. Southbourne surgery is compliant with the national opt out programme.  Information about your health and care helps us to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments.  In May 2018, the strict rules about how this data can and cannot be used were strengthened. The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used.  You can choose whether your confidential patient information is used for research and  planning.  To find out more visit  

Direct Care (Routine Care & Referrals) Privacy Notice

Care Quality Commission Privacy Notice

Emergencies Privacy Notice

National Screening Programmes Privacy Notice

Payments Privacy Notice

Summary Care Record Privacy Notice

NHS Digital Privacy Notice

Public Health Privacy Notice

Research Privacy Notice 

Risk Stratification Privacy Notice

Safeguarding Privacy Notice

Recording of Telephone Calls Privacy Notice

Summary Care Records

There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.


Why do I need a Summary Care Record?

Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.

This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for you.

Who can see it?

Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record. 

How do I know if I have one?

Over half of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. You can find out whether Summary Care Records have come to your area by looking at our interactive map or by asking your GP

Do I have to have one?

No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page.

More Information

For further information visit the NHS Care records website or the HSCIC Website

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Permission to speak about medical matters on behalf of someone else..

Please be aware we are unable to give out results or any information regarding a patient without having written consent from that patient to share their medical information with a particular person.  Also, we are not allowed to ring patients when we have been requested to do so by a third party - we have to respect the privacy of all our patients.

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