By law, everyone working in, or on behalf of the NHS must respect your privacy and keep all information about
you safe. Your care record will be viewed through a secure, encrypted and audited system that meets stringent
NHS security standards and government legislation including The Data Protection Act.
The system keeps a record of everyone who has accessed a patient record, the time and date when they accessed
it, and the information they were viewing. The laws on data protection are clear and we will regularly check to
make sure that only people who need to see your record are viewing it.
Your record will only be used when healthcare professionals are caring for you. They will ask for your consent
to access your record at the start of each period of care. If you have chosen to opt out of sharing your GP record,
information will not be available for them to review.
All adults age 16+ in the region will be included in the Great North Care Record initiative. If you are happy to
be included, you do not need to take any action. Further information is available here.