Health Risk Screening – Your Information, Your Rights

What Information Do We Collect?

Your healthcare records contain information about your health and any treatment and care you have received, such as:

  • Your name, address, date of birth and next of kin;
  • Your NHS Number;
  • Your medical history;
  • Test results;
  • Relevant information collected by other health professionals.

This information may be held electronically, on paper or a mixture of both, and is collected to ensure you receive the best possible care, help protect the health of the general public and enable us to manage delivery of NHS services.

What is Health Risk Screening?

Your GP Practice will be screening the electronic health records of patients aged 18 and over already diagnosed with a range of long term conditions. This information will enable us to determine whether you are at risk of an unplanned hospital admission in the next 12 months and will enable us to support you to manage your condition more effectively.

How Do We Use This Information?

The information will help us identify whether you could benefit from the assistance of a multi-disciplinary care team made up of other healthcare providers, social care professionals, a district nurse or support from voluntary sector organisations. Your information will be shared with this team so that we can identify the best support for you.

Do I Need to Do Anything to Give My Permission?

No. You do not need to do anything if you are happy to give your permission for health risk screening. However if details from your healthcare records need to be shared as part of a clinical care discussion within the multi-disciplinary care team, we will contact you to obtain your consent.

What if I DO NOT Want to Give My Permission?

If you have any concerns or wish to opt out of health risk screening you should speak to your Practice Manager. The Practice will ensure that your decision is recorded so your records will not be included in any screening process and/or multidisciplinary care team discussion.

If you require any further information or would like to ask any questions please contact the practice.