Protecting your information
How information about you is used in the NHS
As an NHS organisation we collect various types of patient information which we hold confidentially and use for the purposes of your health including:
- Your full name, date of birth and address
- Medical test results, symptoms and diagnosis
It is really important that all the information we hold about you is accurate so please inform a healthcare professional if anything changes. For example your next of kin, surname or address.
You have our commitment that we will use your records in ways that respect your rights and promote your health and wellbeing. We will never sell your data to marketing companies.
The information we hold about you helps us to:
- Provide a good basis for all health decisions made by you and healthcare professionals
- Make sure your care is safe and effective
- Work effectively with others providing you with care
Other times we may also use your information:
There may also be occasions where we use your information, these include the following:
- To check the quality of care
- To protect the health of the general public
- To keep track of NHS spending
- To manage the health service
- To help investigate any concerns or complaints you or your family have about health care
- To teach healthcare professionals
- To help with research
- To report infectious diseases
- To report wounds to the police (gunshot injuries for example) as per our legal duty
It is RUH Foundation Trust policy to ensure that patient identifiable data is only used where clinically required. Where data is required for secondary purposes, for example planning purposes, anonymised data is used.