Public Health Privacy Notice

Public health encompasses everything from national smoking and alcohol policies, the management of epidemics such as flu, the control of large scale infections such as TB and Hepatitis B to local outbreaks of food poisoning or Measles.

Certain illnesses are also notifiable; the doctors treating the patient are required by law to inform the Public Health Authorities, for instance Scarlet Fever.

This will necessarily mean the subjects personal and health information being shared

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

Data Protection Officer Contact Details
Senior Partner
Old Coulsdon Medical Practice
2a Court Avenue
Coulsdon
Surrey
CR5 1HF

Purpose of the Processing

There are occasions when medical data needs to be shared with Public Health England, the Local Authority Director of Public Health, or the Health Protection Agency, either under a legal obligation or for reasons of public interest or their equivalents in the devolved nations.

Lawful Basis for Processing

The legal basis will be:

Article 6(1)(c) “processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the controller is subject.”

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;”

Recipient or Categories of Recipients of the Shared Data

The data will be shared with the Care Quality Commission, its officers and staff and members of the inspection teams that visit us from time to time.

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.