Personal Information

What do we do with 'information about you?'

Information about You

Throughout your stay in hospital we will be asking you for information so that we can be sure that you’re receiving the appropriate care and treatment. We will keep this information, together with details of your care, as a record of your treatment. We may need to share this information so that everyone involved in your care can work together for your benefit.

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you have a right to expect that information given in confidence to staff will be used only for the purpose for which you gave it (e.g. your health care). It will not be shared with others without your permission, except for rare medical or legal reasons that are exempt under the Data Protection Act. If you do not wish us to share some of this information please speak to the team in charge of your care.

If you would like a copy of the leaflet “What we do with your information”, please ask a member of the ward staff. If you have any further questions about how your information will be used, please speak to the nurse in charge. From time to time, we may use your name and address to contact you to ask about your experience in our hospitals.


Answering enquiries about your health:

It would be helpful for you to tell us a named person to whom we can pass on information about your progress. This helps us to give a consistent message quickly and easily which can then be passed on by the named person to other family members and friends as appropriate. It also helps us to maintain confidentiality.

We do not provide information by telephone (except to the person you have named) to protect your confidentiality. Where families are unable to visit however, special arrangements can be made. Please talk with a senior nurse on your ward.

Everyone who works for the Trust has a legal duty to maintain the highest level of confidentiality in dealing with any information which could identify you. This covers information held in your paper Health Record file or electronically.