• The ICO recognises the unprecedented challenges the NHS and other health professionals are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • The ICO also recognise that 'Public bodies may require additional collection and sharing of personal data to protect against serious threats to public health.'The Government have also taken action in respect of this and on 20th March 2020 the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care issued a notice under Regulation 3(4) of the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 requiring organisations such as GP Practices to use your information to help GP Practices and other healthcare organisations to respond to and deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.Please note that this notice has now been revised and extended by a further notice from 29th July 2020 until 31st March 2021. 
    • In order to look after your healthcare needs during this difficult time, we may urgently need to share your personal information, including medical records, with clinical and non clinical staff who belong to organisations that are permitted to use your information and need to use it to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. This could (amongst other measures) consist of either treating you or a member of your family and enable us and other healthcare organisations to monitor the disease, assess risk and manage the spread of the disease. Additionally, the use of your information is now required to support NHS Test and Trace.
    • Please be assured that we will only share information and health data that is necessary to meet yours and public healthcare needs.The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has also stated that these measures are temporary and will expire on 31st March 2021 unless a further extension is required. Any further extension will be will be provided in writing and we will communicate the same to you.
    • Please also note that the data protection and electronic communication laws do not stop us from sending public health messages to you, either by phone, text or email as these messages are not direct marketing.
    • It may also be necessary, where the latest technology allows us to do so, to use your information and health data to facilitate digital consultations and diagnoses and we will always do this with your security in mind.If you are concerned about how your information is being used, please contact our DPO using the contact details provided in this Privacy Notice.

How we look after your personal information during the Covid-19 pandemic when staff work from home

    • In accordance with government guidance and in order to protect the health and safety of our staff during this difficult period we will requiring some members of our Practice Team to work from home. This means that staff may have access to any necessary personal and/or medical information in order to look after your healthcare needs.
    • We would like to assure you that our staff will be subject to all relevant security procedures and policies of the Practice to ensure that any information is kept safe, secure and confidential at all times. If you have any concerns about how your information may be used please contact our Data Protection Officer who will be happy to assist with your enquiry.

NHS England has established a centralised service for the management of both the COVID-19 and seasonal flu vaccination programmes. This service is supported by a central system, the Immunisation Management System.

When you attend for your Covid-19 vaccination a record will be made that you have been vaccinated and when. Normally, vaccinations are undertaken in GP settings. However, the delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine is being undertaken in a variety of care settings.  

NHS England is responsible for processing your personal data for the purposes of the national vaccination programme. To find out more, you can access the NHS England privacy notice at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/contact-us/privacy-notice/

You can contact the Practice's Data Protection Officer either by post, telephone or e-mail (please see contact details below):

Contact: Dal Sharry-Khan

Address: Scorex House (West), 1 Bolton Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 4AS.

Telephone: 07395796639.

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.