Direct Care Privacy Notice

There are occasions when intervention is necessary in order to save or protect a patients life or to prevent them from serious immediate harm, for instance during a collapse or diabetic coma or serious injury or accident. In many of these circumstances the patient may be unconscious or too ill to communicate.

In these circumstances we have an overriding duty to try to protect and treat the patient. If necessary we will share your information and possibly sensitive confidential information with other emergency healthcare services, the police or fire brigade, so that you can receive the best treatment.

The law acknowledges this and provides supporting legal justifications.

Individuals have the right to make pre-determined decisions about the type and extend of care they will receive should they fall ill in the future, these are known as “Advance Directives”.

Data Controller Contact Details
Old Coulsdon Medical Practice
2a Court Avenue
Coulsdon
Surrey
CR5 1HF

Telephone: 01737 558 288 

Data Protection Officer Contact Details

Umar Sabat

Email: Dpo.swl@nhs.net

Purpose of the Processing

Doctors have a professional responsibility to share data in emergencies to protect their patients or other persons. Often in emergency situations the patient is unable to provide consent.

Lawful Basis for Processing

This is a Direct Care purpose. There is a specific legal justification;

Article 6(1)(d) “processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject or of another natural person”

Article 9(2)(c) “processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject or of another natural person where the data subject is physically or legally incapable of giving consent”

Article 9(2)(h) “processing is necessary for the purposes of preventive or occupational medicine, for the assessment of the working capacity of the employee, medical diagnosis, the provision of health or social care or treatment or the management of health or social care systems and services on the basis of Union or Member State law or pursuant to contract with a health professional and subject to the conditions and safeguards referred to in paragraph 3;”

We will also recognise your rights established under UK case law collectively known as the “Common Law Duty of Confidentiality

Recipient or Categories of Recipients of the Shared Data

The data will be shared with Healthcare professionals and other workers in emergency and out of hours services and at local hospitals, diagnostic and treatment centres. (if preferred list actual named services).

Rights to Object

You have the right to object to some or all of the information being shared with NHS Digital. Contact the Data Controller or the practice.

Right to Access and Correct

You have the right to access the data that is being shared and have any inaccuracies corrected. There is no right to have accurate medical records deleted except when ordered by a court of Law.

Retention Period

The data will be retained for active use during the processing and thereafter according to NHS Policies and the law.

Right to Complain

You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office or calling their helpline on 0303 123 1113  or 01625 545 745 (national rate)
There are National Offices for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.