Data Protection & Privacy Statement

Maryfield Medical Centre aims to ensure the highest standard of medical care for our patients.  To do this we keep records about you, your health and the care we have provided or plan to provide to you.

This Privacy Notice does not provide exhaustive details of all aspect of the collection and use of personal information by Maryfield Medical Centre.  However, we are happy to provide any additional information or explanation needed.  If you wish to request further information please contact the Practice Manager by:

Telephone:         01382 462292

Letter:                Maryfield Medical Centre



How We Use Your Information

In order to provide for your care, we need to collect and keep information about you and your health on our records.  Your records are used to:

  •  Provide a basis for all health decisions made by care professionals with and for you;
  •  Make sure your care is safe and effective;
  •  Work effectively with others providing you with care.

 We may also use, or share, your information for the following purposes:

  •  Looking after the health of the general public;
  •  Making sure that our services can meet patient needs in the future;
  •  Auditing - Using patient health information to review and improve the quality of healthcare.  Patient identifiable information is only used within the practice. (Patients have the right to request that their health information is not included in audits);
  •  Preparing statistics on NHS performance and activity (where steps will be taken to ensure you cannot be identified;
  •  Investigating concerns, complaints or legal claims;
  •  Helping staff to review the care they provide to make sure it is of the highest standards;
  •  Training and educating staff;


Disclosure of Information to Other Health and Social Professionals

We work with a number of other NHS and partner agencies to provide healthcare services to you.  Below is a list of organisations that we may share your information with:

Our Partner Organisations:

  •  Other  NHS hospitals;
  •  Relevant GP Practices;
  • Dentists, Opticians and Pharmacies;
  • Private Sector Providers (private hospitals, care homes, hospices, contractors providing services to the NHS).
  • Voluntary Sector Providers who are directly involved in your care;
  • Ambulance Service
  • Specialist Services
  • Health and Social Care Clusters;
  • Out of Hours Medical Service;
  • NHS Scotland;
  • Tayside University Hospital Trust (TUHT)

We may also share your information with your consent, and subject to strict sharing protocols, about how it will be used, with:

  • Local Authority Departments, Education, Housing and Public Health;
  • Police and Fire Services


Risk Prediction

Risk prediction data tools are increasingly being used in the NHS to help determine a person’s risk of suffering a particular condition, preventing an unplanned or (re)admission and identifying a need for preventive information.  Information about you is collected from a number of sources in NHS Scotland including this GP Practice.  A risk score is then arrived at through an analysis of your

De-identifiable information by ISD Scotland and is only provided back to your GP’s Data Controller in an identifiable form.  Risk prediction enables your GP to focus on preventing ill health and not just the treatment of sickness.  If necessary, your GP may be able to offer you additional services.


Scottish Primary Care Information Resource (SPIRE)

NHS Scotland uses information from GP patient records to help plan and improve health and care services in Scotland.  You have a choice about the information from your GP records being used in this way.  You can opt out from this at any time by contacting the Practice.


Emergency Care Summary (ECS)

Emergency care information such as your name, date of birth, the name of your GP, any medicines which your GP has prescribed, any medicines you are allergic to or react badly to, is shared with Out of Hours as this might be important if you need urgent medical care when the GP surgery is closed.

NHS staff (Doctors, Nurses, Accident and Emergency, Ambulance control and crews) can look at your ECS if they need to treat you when the surgery is closed. They will ask for your consent before they look at your records.

In an emergency and if you are unconscious, staff may look at your ECS without your agreement to let them give you the best possible care.

Whenever NHS staff looks at your ECS, a record will be kept so we can always check who has looked at your information.


Key Information Summary (KIS)

Key information summary (KIS) has been designed to support patients who have complex care needs or long term conditions.

KIS allows important information to be shared with health care professionals in unscheduled care in the NHS 24, A&E, Scottish Ambulance Service, Out of Hours, hospital and pharmacy environments.

Information contained in KIS summary includes, future care plans, medications, allergies, diagnosis, your wishes, carer and next of kin details.

You have the right to say that you do not want Care staff to see ECS/KIS.  Please contact the Practice on 01382 462292.


Online Registration for Booking Appointments and Repeat prescriptions

This service allows you to book a routine appointment, cancel appointments no longer needed, check you repeat medication, order repeat prescriptions, and make changes to your email and mobile contact number where appropriate.  You will need to register for this service and can de-register at any time.


Medicine Management

The Practice may conduct Medicines Management Reviews of medications prescribed to its patients.  This service performs a review of prescribed medications to ensure patients receive the most appropriate, up to date and cost effective treatments.  This service is provided by our own employed Pharmacist and Pharmacists provided within NHS Tayside.


Computer System

This Practice operates a Clinical Computer System on which NHS Staff record information securely.  This information can then be shared with other Clinicians so that everyone caring for you is fully informed about your relevant medical history.
To provide around the clock safe care, unless you have asked us not to, we will make information available to trusted organisations.  Wherever possible, their staff will ask your consent before information is viewed.

We consider patient consent as being the key factor in dealing with your health information.


Shared Care Records

To support your care, and improve the sharing of relevant information to our partner organisations when they are involved in looking after you, we will share information to other NHS systems e.g. medication details for out of hours care.  The general principle is that information is passed to these systems unless you request this does not happen, but that system users should ask for your consent before viewing your record.


How We Keep Your Information Confidential and Secure

We are committed to protecting your privacy and will only use information collected lawfully in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, Article 8 of the Human Rights Act, the Common Law of Confidentiality, The General Data Protection Regulation and the NHS Codes of Confidentiality and Security.  Everyone working in, or for the NHS must use personal information in a secure and confidential way.

We will only every use or pass on your information if there is a genuine need to do so.  We will not disclose information about you to third parties without your permission unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as when the law requires.

To protect your confidentiality, we will not normally disclose any medical information about you over the telephone, or by fax, unless we are sure that we are talking to you.  This means that we will not disclose information to your family, friends, and colleagues about any medical matters at all, unless we know that we have your consent to do so.


Right of Access to Your Health Information

The Data Protection Act 1998 allows you to find out what information about you is held on computer and in manual records.  This is known as “right of subject access” and applies to personal information held about you.  If you want to see the information about you that the Practice holds:

  •  You will need to make a written request to the Practice Manager the best way to do this is to complete a Subject Access Request Form;
  • There may be a charge for excessive requests to have a printed copy of the information held about you ;
  • We are required to respond to you within one month;
  • You will need to give us adequate information (e.g.  full name, address, date of birth, NHS number etc.)to enable us to identify you and provide the correct information.



Anyone Who Receives Information From Us Is Also Under A Legal Duty to Keep It Confidential and Secure

All persons in the Practice sign a confidentiality agreement that explicitly makes clear their duties in relation to personal health information and the consequences of breaching that duty.

Please be aware that your information will be accessed by non-clinical Practice staff in order to perform tasks enabling the functioning of the Practice.  These are, but not limited to:

  •  Typing referral letters to Hospital Consultants or allied Health Professionals;
  •  Opening letters from hospitals and Consultants;
  • Scanning clinical letters, radiology reports and any other documents not available in electronic format;
  • Photocopying or printing documents for referral to Consultants;
  • Handling, printing, photocopying and postage of medico legal and life assurance reports and of associated documents.



Who Else May Ask to Access Your Information

  •  The Court can insist that we disclose medical records to them;
  • Solicitors often ask for medical reports.  These will always be accompanied by your signed consent for us to disclose information.  We will not normally release details about other people that are contained in your records (e.g. wife, children parents etc.) unless we also have their consent;
  • Social Services – The Benefits Agency and others may require medical reports on you from time to time.  We will need to see your signed consent to provide information to them.
  • Life Assurance Companies/Employers/Occupational Health Doctors  frequently ask for medical reports on prospective clients.  These are always accompanied by your signed consent form.  We will only disclose the relevant medical as per your consent. You have the right, should you request it, to see reports prepared for Insurance Companies or employers before they are sent. They should advise you of this and let you know when the 21 day period in which you have to see the information starts.



Sharing Your Information Without Consent

We will normally ask you for your consent, but there are times when we may be required by law to share your information without your consent, for example:

  • Where there is a serious risk of harm or abuse to you or other people;
  • Where a serious crime, is being investigated or where it could be prevented;
  • Where we encounter infectious diseases that may endanger the safety of others, such as meningitis or measles (but not sensitive information such as HIV/AIDS);
  • Where a formal Court Order has been issued;
  • Where is required by Law (considering the GMC GP Code of confidentiality)

Maryfield Medical Centre is committed to making sure your privacy is protected.  Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified you an be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this Privacy Statement.


Concerns About Sharing Your Information

If you have any concerns about how we use or share your information, or you do not wish us to share your information, then please contact our Practice Manager on 01382 462292.



If you have a complaint about how your information is managed at the practice, please contact the Practice Manager.  If you remain unhappy with the Practice’s response, you can complain to the Information Commissioner Office


Change of Details

It is important that you tell us if any of your details such as your name, address or telephone number have changed or if any of your details such as date of birth is incorrect in order for this to be amended.   You have a responsibility to inform us of any changes so our records are kept accurate and up to date for you.


e-Privacy Directive

From 26th May 2012, new rules governing the use of cookies by websites comes in to force in Europe.
At the moment, the pages displayed on do not use cookies. There is no personal data about you or your visit stored on our server.
Any information you provide to us through this website is sent directly to the practice and is not stored using cookies, nor is it stored on the web server. The information provided to us through this web site follows the NHSScotland Code of Practice.

For more information about the new EU directive, please visit the Information Communications Office (ICO) website.


Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Please direct all Freedom of Information requests to NHS Information Governance and Cyber Assurance. 

Information Governance and Cyber Assurance,
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30 Mains Loan

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