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PRIVACY AND INFORMATION HANDLING POLICY
medical practice is committed to providing quality health care for
patient. All staff recognise the importance of ensuring that our
patients are fully informed and involved in their care.
As a health care provider in the private
sector, this practice is bound by and adheres to "National Privacy
Principles". These principles set the standards for how we handle your
personal information. A copy of the "National Privacy Principles" is
available upon request.
This practice needs to maintain personal files for your healthcare. These contain:-
Your personal information is handled with the utmost respect for your
privacy. Our staff are bound by strict confidentiality agreements as a
condition of their employment.
- Your personal details (name, address, date of birth, etc)
- Your medical history
- Referrals from and to other health service providers
- Results and reports received from other providers.
We will not release the contents of your
personal file to a third party without your consent. However, if you
accept referral from this practice to another health care provider, it
is assumed you consent to correspondence being sent to that provider.
You will be asked to acknowledge this below.
Exceptions to disclosure of information
may occur. If information is sought by subpoena, the practice is
legally obliged to provide this without your consent. Our liability
insurers ask that any unsatisfactory outcomes be notified, and in this
event a report would be sent. Finally, your contact details (but not
clinical records) would be sent to a third party collection agency in
the event that you fail to pay amounts owing when due.
You have a right to access to any
information held in your personal file. We refer you to a document
entitled "Accessing Your Medical Record" which can be supplied up upon
This practice undertakes secure storage
of personal paper files. Only staff of this practice can access your
electronic records and they are protected by security password systems.