Increasingly, patient medical data is shared e.g. between GP surgeries and District Nursing, in order to give clinicians access to the most up to date information when attending patients.
The systems we operate require that any sharing of medical information is consented to by patients beforehand. Patients must consent to sharing of the data held by a health provider out to other health providers and must also consent to which of the other providers can access their data.
e.g. it may be necessary to share data held in GP practices with district nurses but the local podiatry department would not need to see it to undertake their work. In this case, patients would allow the surgery to share their data, they would allow the district nurses to access it but they would not allow access by the podiatry department. In this way access to patient data is under patients' control and can be shared on a 'need to know' basis.
Get NHS advice about COVID-19, including symptoms, testing, vaccination and staying at home.
Find out about the symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if you or your child has them.
Find out if you should get a test for COVID-19, who can get free NHS tests, how to get tested, and what your test result means
Get your COVID-19 vaccination, read about the vaccines and find out what happens when you have your vaccine.
Find out how to get your COVID Pass for travelling abroad and for certain venues and events in England.
Find out what to do if you've tested positive or have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.
Advice about how to look after yourself at home if you have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19, and read about treatments for COVID-19.
Advice for people at higher risk from COVID-19, including people with health conditions and pregnant women.
Advice about what you can do to reduce your risk of catching and spreading COVID-19.
Find out about the long-term effects COVID-19 can sometimes have and what help is available.
Find out about changes to using health services, such as GPs and hospitals, because of COVID-19.
Find out about health research studies and how you may be able to take part.