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Use the surgery > Addtional Surgery Information > Confidentiality


We can assure you that anything in your medical records and anything that you discuss with our staff is treated as confidential. This means that you can tell others about your visit, but we won’t.

The only reasons why we may pass on confidential information without your permission would be:


  • to provide other healthcare organisations who are involved in your direct healthcare with the necessary information that they require to be able to effectively and safely assist with your healthcare.

  • or to protect you, or someone else, from very serious harm. We would always try to discuss this with you first.

If you do not wish us to share your data with other NHS services please let us know (although please be advised that this could affect your healthcare). We will never share your data with any organisation outside of the NHS without your permission. 


For detailed information on how we share your data and who we share it with please view our privacy notice.

Patients - Formal Consent for Confidential Information Sharing with a Third Party

Doctors and staff at Bideford Medical Practice often have husbands, wives, partners, Carers etc. asking for confidential information which they cannot disclose without formal consent from the patient.

It can often appear that the staff member is being obstructive and unhelpful when they are in actual fact simply complying with NHS and Government

recommendations to safeguard the confidentiality of patient information. 

It is vital that patients have confidence that their health records are safely kept in the strictest confidence and that if information is shared they have given their prior consent to this.


If you would like to give Third Party Consent please complete and return the form below.

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