Protecting your information
Frequently Asked Questions
The RUH will never share data with marketing companies. Personal identifiable data is shared with other health and social care providers, for example when being transferred to a specialist health service for treatment.
In order that our communications with you and your treatment is correct we need to have an up to date record of your address, GP, name, next of kin and relevant medical history (for example new allergies or medication). If anything changes then please let your GP and the RUH know so that your record can be updated.
It is important that the RUH Bath shares information with other health or social care providers involved in a patients care. If a patient is transferred to another hospital but their relevant medical history is not shared then this can affect the quality of care that they receive. Information will only be shared where it is necessary, in the patients best interest, and with consent where possible.
Patient identifiable data is stored both electronically and on paper, onsite and offsite at secure locations.
Identifiable patient data does not routinely leave the United Kingdom, an exception to this may be where a patient explicitly requests for personal data to be transferred (for example when they move abroad).
It is possible to request access to your record using a Subject Access Request (SAR) (click for more information on this process)
The RUH will do its best to respect a patients request to restrict the sharing of their information. However it should be noted that there is sometimes a statutory requirement for information to be shared eg. under the children's Act 2004, where it is in a child's best interests.
When referred to the RUH your information will be shared with individuals directly involved in your care and to restrict this you would need to inform a member of staff overseeing your care.
To restrict information being shared with your GP you would need to inform the clinic involved in your care, but be aware this could have a serious impact on the care you receive.
For more information on data sharing please visit:
The Caldicott Review website
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