Our Practice internet site is intended primarily to provide information about our Practice and Services. We have taken care to ensure that all information is provided is accurate and valid.
However, The Practice accepts no responsibility for use of the information provided. The advice for patients is as comprehensive and accurate as possible, but it can only be of a general nature and should not be used as a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional.
2. Medical Information on the Web
The Internet can be a useful resource for researching medical conditions. It also has inherent weaknesses that you should be aware of. If you use the Internet for medical research or information, please be aware of the following points:
- Always look for a balanced view – do not rely on advice from one site and seek a balanced viewpoint.
- Remember that anyone can publish anything on the Internet. Make sure that the authors’ names and their qualifications are included – anonymous information may not be sourced accurately.
- Be aware that advertising might influence the site contents – check for commercial sponsorship or for advertising which might influence the information on the site.
- Check that the website is updated regularly.
- Be cautious of online diagnoses or consultations.
- Check the Websites Privacy and Confidentiality Policy.
- Beware that Website information or advice sourced from outside the UK might describe treatments not available in the UK.
3. Suitability and Availability
We cannot guarantee that this website will meet your requirements, or that it will be of satisfactory quality, or that it will be fit for your particular purpose, or that it will not infringe the rights of third parties, or that it will be secure.
Further, we cannot guarantee uninterrupted access to Our Website, or the sites to which it links. We accept no responsibility for any damages arising from the loss of use of this information.
4. Online Consultations
If you decide to use our online advice or consultation features you must be aware that without a physical examination we may decline to give advice and may ask you to attend the surgery for an appointment.
5. Links to Other Websites
All links from our Practice Website to any other Websites are provided for information and convenience only. We cannot accept responsibility for sites linked to, or the information found there. A link does not imply an endorsement of a site; likewise, not linking to a particular site does not imply lack of endorsement.
6. Data Collection
Please be aware that we collect contact details of those who wish to communicate with us via e-mail, collect aggregated (non-personal) information about which pages visitors to our website chose to access, and collect information volunteered by visitors to our website (such as survey information and/or site registrations). The information we collect is used to improve the content of our Web pages and the quality of our service.
7. Hosting, Networks and Data Storage
Please be aware that our Website uses Third Party Service Providers, Vendors and Hosting Partners to provide the necessary hardware, software, networking, storage, and related technology required to support our Website.
8. Additional Information
Covid-19 and your information – Version 1 updated on 8th April 2020 version 1
Supplementary privacy note on Covid-19 for patients using GP Surgeries based in Kent and Medway
This notice describes how we may use your information to protect you and others during the Covid-19 outbreak. It supplements our main Privacy Notice which is available.
The health and social care system is facing significant pressures due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Health and care information is essential to deliver care to individuals, to support health and social care services and to protect public health. Information will also be vital in researching, monitoring, tracking and managing the outbreak. In the current emergency it has become even more important to share health and care information across relevant organisations.
Existing law which allows confidential patient information to be used and shared appropriately and lawfully in a public health emergency is being used during this outbreak. Using this law the Secretary of State has required NHS Digital; NHS England and Improvement; Arms Length Bodies (such as Public Health England); local authorities; health organisations and GPs to share confidential patient information to respond to the Covid-19 outbreak. Any information used or shared during the Covid-19 outbreak will be limited to the period of the outbreak unless there is another legal basis to use the data. Further information is available on gov.uk here and some FAQs on this law are available here.
During this period of emergency, opt-outs will not generally apply to the data used to support the Covid-19 outbreak, due to the public interest in sharing information. This includes National Data Opt-outs. However in relation to the Summary Care Record, existing choices will be respected. Where data is used and shared under these laws your right to have personal data erased will also not apply. It may also take us longer to respond to Subject Access requests, Freedom of Information requests and new opt-out requests whilst we focus our efforts on responding to the outbreak.
In order to look after your health and care needs we may share your confidential patient information including health and care records with clinical and non clinical staff in other health and care providers, for example neighbouring GP practices, hospitals and NHS 111. We may also use the details we have to send public health messages to you, either by phone, text or email.
During this period of emergency we may offer you a consultation via telephone or video-conferencing with in Kent and Medway CCG we are using AccuRx. By accepting the invitation and entering the consultation you are consenting to this. Your personal/confidential patient information will be safeguarded in the same way it would with any other consultation.
We will also be required to share personal/confidential patient information with health and care organisations and other bodies engaged in disease surveillance for the purposes of protecting public health, providing healthcare services to the public and monitoring and managing the outbreak. Further information about how health and care data is being used and shared by other NHS and social care organisations in a variety of ways to support the Covid-19 response is here.
NHS England and Improvement and NHSX have developed a single, secure store to gather data from across the health and care system to inform the Covid-19 response. This includes data already collected by NHS England, NHS Improvement, Public Health England and NHS Digital. New data will include 999 call data, data about hospital occupancy and A&E capacity data as well as data provided by patients themselves. All the data held in the platform is subject to strict controls that meet the requirements of data protection legislation.
In such circumstances where you tell us you’re experiencing Covid-19 symptoms we may need to collect specific health data about you. Where we need to do so, we will not collect more information than we require and we will ensure that any information collected is treated with the appropriate safeguards.
We may amend this privacy notice at any time so please review it frequently. The date at the top of this page will be amended each time this notice is updated.