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Update to patient privacy notice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – update to our patient and public privacy notice

In light of the current pandemic the Trust wishes to make its patients and the wider public aware as to how it will be using personal data concerning patients in its care.

We are publishing this update to our existing privacy notice  on a temporary basis whilst the current outbreak is ongoing.

Who we will share information with:

Information about Trust patients’ COVID-19 (coronavirus) status may be shared with NHS and other partners involved in their care and treatment, along with:

  • NHS England
  • Public Health England
  • the Department of Health
  • other government departments where it's legally required, or where it's necessary for the protection of public health or management of the outbreak.

The lawful basis is GDPR Article 6(1)(c), compliance with a legal obligation, or Article 6(1)(e), that processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority (the provision of statutory health care services). The exemptions in GDPR Article 9(1)(g) and 9(2)(h) will be applied, that processing is necessary for matters of substantial public interest or for the management of health care systems.  The conditions in paragraphs 2 (management of health care systems), 3 (public health) and 6 (statutory and government purposes) of schedule 1 of the Data Protection Act 2018 are engaged.

In addition, the Secretary of State for the Department of Health and Social Care has served notice under the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 requiring health and social care organisations to share and disseminate confidential patient information with other organisations where that information is required to be processed for a purpose relating to the COVID-19 outbreak.

This notice will remain in force until 30 September 2020 prior to which it will be reviewed.

What information do we collect from you?

Records which this Trust may hold about you may include the following:

  • Details about you, such as your address and next of kin
  • Any contact the Trust has had with you, such as appointments, clinic visits, emergency appointments, etc
  • Notes and reports about your health
  • Details about your treatment and care
  • Results of investigations, such as laboratory tests, x-rays, etc
  • Relevant information from other health professionals, relatives or those who care for you. 


As part of its response to the wider outbreak the Trust will continue to comply with all its other obligations concerning the processing of your data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR.