We ask you for information so that you can receive proper care and treatment. We keep this information, together with details of your care, because it may be needed if we see you again.
We may use some of this information for other reasons, for example to help us protect the health of the public generally and to see that the NHS runs efficiently, plans for the future, trains its staff, pays its bills and can account for its actions.
Information may be needed to help educate tomorrow’s clinical staff and to carry out medical and other health research for the benefit of others.
You have a right of access to your health records. Everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to keep information about you confidential.