We share information about you with others directly involved in your care; and also share more limited information for indirect care purposes.
We will only share information about you in compliance with the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018.
Everyone working within the NHS has a legal duty to keep information about you confidential. Similarly, anyone who receives such information from us on a confidential basis also has a legal duty to keep it confidential.
Direct care purposes
You may be receiving care from other people as well as the NHS, for example social care services. We may need to share some information about you with them so we can all work together for your benefit if they have a genuine need for it or we have your permission.
Therefore, we may also share your information, subject to strict agreement about how it will be used, with:
We will not disclose your information to any other third parties without your permission unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as if the health and safety of others is at risk or if the law requires us to pass on the information.
Indirect care purposes
We also use information we hold about you to:
Nationally, there are strict controls on how your information is used for these purposes.
These control whether your information has to be “de-identified” first and with whom we may share identifiable information.
Access to shared systems
The Trust is part of the Cheshire and Merseyside Radiology Network consortium that use the same radiology system. All access and sharing arrangements are closely monitored by the trusts within the consortium.
More information about the sharing arrangements in place can be obtained from the Trust’s Radiology Department or the Data Protection Officer.
There may be circumstances when other agencies need information about you or where we must share information with other agencies. In these rare circumstances we are not required to seek your consent. For example:
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