To help provide you with the best possible care, sometimes we will need to share your information with others. However, any sharing of information will always be governed by specific rules and laws. We may share your information with a range of health and social care organisations and regulatory bodies.
We work with a number of NHS organisations and to support this, your information may be securely shared.
Where the sharing involves a non-NHS organisation, a specific information sharing agreement is put in place to ensure that only relevant information is shared and this is done securely in a way that complies with the law.
Unless there are exceptional circumstances (such as likely risk to the health and safety of others) or a valid reason permitted by law, we will not disclose any information to third parties which can be used to identify you without consent.
Sometimes we are required by law to disclose or report certain information that may include details that identify you. However, this is only done after formal authority by the courts or by a qualified health professional. This may include reporting a serious crime or identification of an infectious disease that may endanger the safety of others.
Your records will also be shared with us if a service is transferring to us under contract. This includes: Community Children’s Health Partnership services, previously provided by Bristol Community Health, which transferred to Sirona care & health on 1 February 2020; and adult community services in Bristol (previously Bristol Community Health), adult and children’s services in North Somerset (previously North Somerset Community Partnership), and specialist children’s services in North Somerset (previously Weston Area Health NHS Trust) all transferred to Sirona on 1 April 2020.
If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact Sirona care & health:
Telephone: 0300 124 5403
Post: Data Protection Officer, Sirona care & health, 2nd Floor, Kingswood Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 9TR
Connecting Care is a digital care record system for sharing information in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. It allows instant, secure access to your health and social care records for the professionals involved in your care. Relevant information from your digital records is shared with people who look after you. This gives them up-to-date information making your care safer and more efficient.
Your contact with local Connecting Care NHS Partner Organisations may result in them seeking your consent to participate in a research study. Where you have consented to participate in such a study, the research team may access the information held by GPs and Hospital Trusts through Connecting Care to ensure that your participation (or those that you are responsible for) will not put you at risk of increased harm, and is suitable for the aims of the study. If you later choose to withdraw from the study, the research team will discuss the use of your information with you. As part of the consent process, the research team will inform you of the information they would seek access to.