GDPR & Privacy of Information

GDPR - How we use your data and information

New regulations came into force on 25th May 2018 which improve data protection for individuals. Here's details of our privacy policy and how we use your data: RCMG Privacy Notice
For our data privacy policy notice during Covid-19 got to: COVID-19 PRIVACY NOTICE
For more information on GPES Data for Pandemic Planning & Research (COVID-19) please go to: DATA PROVISION  MAY 2020
For our data matters commitment to all patients please follow the link to this information poster available at all practices: DATA MATTERS
In important practical terms this means we can only hand signed repeat prescriptions and information at the desk to either the person to whom they belong or to a previously-agreed and signed for nominee. Forms are available at the reception desk to do this.


The way your medical & personal information is shared with anyone other than your GP is strictly controlled and monitored. At the moment there are two possible occasions where information about you may be looked at by other healthcare practitioners working for the NHS.

NB: If at any time you wish to withdraw your consent from any of these, then please ask at reception and a form will be provided for you to choose how you want your information to be shared.


A new linked, electronic medical records system, allowing other healthcare professional to quickly access specific information about your medical needs is now in operation in Devon. This is being used instead of each medical person holding separate records about each person and information needing to be duplicated at each appointment. This is called a SHARED RECORD and came into operation on 1st February 2016. For full information, to read, download or print off please press:



There is also a Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.


Why do I need a Summary Care Record?

Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.

This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for you.

Who can see it?

Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record. 


How do I know if I have one?

Over half of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. You can find out whether Summary Care Records have come to your area by looking at our interactive map or by asking your GP

Do I have to have one?

No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page.

More Information

For further information visit the NHS Care records website or the HSCIC Website

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