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General Data Protection Regulation Update

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new law that determines how your personal data is processed and kept safe, and the legal rights you have in relation to your own data. 

The Regulation applies from 25th May 2018, and will apply even after the UK leaves the EU. 

What GDPR will mean for patients

The GDPR sets out the key principles about processing personal data, for staff or patients; 

  • Data must be processed lawfully, fairly and transparently 
  • It must be collected for specific, explicit and legitimate purposes 
  • It must be limited to what is necessary for the purposes for which it is processed 
  • Information must be accurate and kept up to date 
  • Data must be held securely
  • It can only be retained for as long as it necessary for the reasons it was collected 

There are also stronger rights for patients regarding the information that practices held about them. These include: 

  • Being informed about how their data is being used
  • Patients to have access to their own data
  • Patients can ask to have incorrect information changed 
  • Restrict how their data is used 
  • Move their patient data from one health organisation to another 
  • The right to object to their patient information being processed (in certain circumstances)

The Practice shares your diabetes related data with the Diabetic Eye Screening Programme operated by Health Intelligence (commissioned by NHS England). This supports your invitation for eye screening (where you are eligible and referred by the Practice) and ongoing care by the screening programme. This data may be shared with any Hospital Eye Services you are under the care of to support further treatment and with other healthcare professionals involved in your care, for example your Diabetologist.

For more details take a look at Health Intelligence's Privacy Notice on the diabetic eye screening website:

And for further information on all GDPR updates please contact Sharon Almond, the Practice Manager. 


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