We value the doctor-patient relationship. Patient privacy is vital to such a relationship. The Privacy Act 1988 and its recent amendments formalise the already existing and acknowledged privacy obligations of our practice.
Our doctors and staff collect information from patients primarily to provide proper care and treatment. We have a legal and ethical duty to protect patient information. Patient information may be disclosed to other doctors, nurse therapists, and medical technicians so that proper health care is not compromised.
The doctors in this practice are members of various medical and professional bodies including medical defence organisations. These organisations provide valuable services to their members. They require their members to provide information in relation to their medical practice, which may include patient information.
Patients who wish to look at their information held by this practice or who have other queries about privacy of information are welcome to discuss these matters with their treating doctor.
” Your medical record is a confidential document. It is the policy of this practice to maintain security of personal health information at all times and to ensure that this information is only available to authorised members of staff.”