Townhead Medical Practice

    Links Health Centre, Frank Wood Way, Montrose, DD10 8TY

    Telephone: 01674 676 161
    Out of hours: 111

    Data Protection, Privacy and Confidentiality


    Practice Privacy Notice for Patients

    Our Practice Privacy Notice explains what information we collect about you, how we store this information, how long we retain it and with whom and for which legal purpose we may share it. For further information please contact our Practice Manager.

    Top of Page

    Top of Page

    Confidentiality & Medical Records

    The practice complies with data protection and access to medical records legislation. Identifiable information about you will be shared with others in the following circumstances:

    • To provide further medical treatment for you e.g. from district nurses and hospital services.
    • To help you get other services e.g. from the social work department. This requires your consent.
    • When we have a duty to others e.g. in child protection cases anonymised patient information will also be used at local and national level to help the Health Board and Government plan services e.g. for diabetic care.

    If you do not wish anonymous information about you to be used in such a way, please let us know.

    Reception and administration staff require access to your medical records in order to do their jobs. These members of staff are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the medical staff.

    Top of Page

    The Health Improvement Network (THIN)

    When you visit the GP, information about your health and treatments is recorded. This practice contributes to the THIN (The Health Improvement Network) database, which collects anonymised patient information practices in the UK. THIN is used for research to benefit future patients, and has been used to study infections, cancer, diabetes, medicine safety and many other health issues.

    The data in THIN are anonymised, which means that details that could identify a person such as names and addresses are not included. Words and sentences in health records are processed
    by computer to remove any that might identify a person. THIN data are stored securely at all times.

    If you would like to opt out of this data collection scheme, please let practice staff know and your records will not be collected for THIN. This will not affect your care in any way.

    Find out more at: www.the-health-improvement-network.com

    Top of Page

    Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

    Information relevant to our surgery under the Freedom of Information Act can be accessed at the surgery. If you would like us to supply you with a paper copy of the information please contact the Practice Manager.

    Top of Page

    Scottish Primary Care Information Resource (SPIRE)

    NHS Scotland is improving the way it uses information from your GP patient record – this information sheet explains what it means for you.

    The improved service is called Scottish Primary Care Information Resource (SPIRE) and has been developed to help GPs, the NHS in Scotland and researchers plan for Scotland’s health and care needs.

    Find out more in this Information Leaflet.