Data Protection Privacy Notice for Patients

Data Sharing

How your information is shared so that this practice can meet legal requirements

The law requires Bideford Medical Centre to share information from your medical records in certain circumstances. Information is shared so that the NHS or Public Health England can, for example:

We will share information with NHS Digital, the Care Quality Commission and local health protection team (or Public Health England) when the law requires us to do so. Please see below for more information.

We must also share your information if a court of law orders us to do so.

NHS Digital

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Public Health

We are required by law to provide you with the following information about how we handle your information and our legal obligations to share data

Data Controller - contact details: Bideford Medical Centre, Abbotsham Road, Bideford, EX39 3AF

Data Protection Officer - Bex Lovewell email or postal address: Sentinel Healthcare SouthWest Community Interest Company, c/o Express Diagnostics & Treatment Services, 6 Research Way, Plymouth, PL6 8BU

Purpose of the processing:

Compliance with legal obligations or court order.

Lawful basis for processing:

The following sections of the GDPR mean that we can share information when the law tells us to.

Article 6(1)(c) – ‘processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the controller is subject…’

Article 9(2)(h) – ‘processing is necessary for the purpose of preventative…medicine…the provision of health or social care or treatment or the management of health or social care systems and services...’

Recipient or categories of recipients of the processed data

Rights to object and the national data opt-out

There are very limited rights to object when the law requires information to be shared but government policy allows some rights of objection as set out below.

NHS Digital

To opt-out of your identifiable information being shared for medical research or to find out more about your opt-out choices please go to NHS Digital’s website:

Public health

Care Quality Commission

Court order

Right to access and correct

Retention period

We are required under UK law to keep your information and data for the full retention periods as
specified by the NHS Records management code of practice for health and social care and national archives requirements.
More information on records retention can be found online at:

Right to complain

You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office. If you wish to complain follow this link or call the helpline 0303 123 1113

Data Sharing