[Skip to content]

tab rollover pre-load tab rollover pre-load tab rollover pre-load tab rollover pre-load tab rollover pre-load tab rollover pre-load
Wednesday 27 October 2021
Salford Patients Header Montage
Latest News:
RSS icon
Search
.
Smiling woman

What we do with your information



Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic: how data about you is used

Please see our Covid-19 privacy notice for further information about how we may share personal data about you during the Covid-19 pandemic.



nhs number

NHS Number

Everyone registered with the NHS in England and Wales has their own unique number.  You will be given your NHS Number in writing when you register with a GP practice.  Your NHS Number helps healthcare staff to find your health records.

 

As long as we have your NHS Number we can correctly identify you and your records. 

 

For more information on NHS Numbers, please visit NHS Choices.



information

How we use your personal information

We collect information about you in order to make sure that you receive the best possible care, this information may be on paper or stored electronically and may include:

  • Basic details (name, address, date of birth, next of kin , ethnicity, religion and contact details)
  • Details about your treatment and care (eg appointments, medical history, symptoms, diagnosis, test results and prescriptions).

 

It is essential that we have your details correct (as listed above) and our reception staff will verify your basic details each time they greet you. 

 

We use your information in order to:

  • Make sure staff providing your care has accurate information to assess your health and decide the most appropriate treatment for you
  • Have the right information available if you need to see another doctor or specialist
  • Help staff review the care they provide
  • Carry out approved research.  Information is used in such a way that you cannot be identified
  • Properly investigate a complaint should you, or someone acting on your behalf, make one.

 

For further details please download the leaflet



confidential

How we keep your information confidential

Everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to keep information about you secure and confidential and to make sure that anyone working with us also works to the same standards.

 

We follow the rules set out in the Data Protection Act 1998 and in professional codes of conduct to keep your information safe.  We assess ourselves regularly to make sure that we follow good practice and that the latest security measures are in place.



Sharing your information

There are other organisations who we might share your personal information with as long as we have your written consent and sharing is subject to strict agreement about how it will be used.

 

Some organisations we might share your personal information with include:

  • Other NHS Organisations (including Primary Care Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, the body responsible for commissioning your care and the NHS Information authority)
  • Those we regularly work closely with to provide your care
  • Adult or Children’s Social Services
  • Education Services
  • Local Authorities
  • Voluntary and Private Sector Providers working with or on behalf of the NHS
  • GPs (general practitioner) or Family Doctors
  • Ambulance Services.

 

We also share information when the law requires us to do so:

  • To assist with Police enquiries for the prevention or detection of crime
  • To assist Coroner’s investigations
  • Under court order
  • In the public best interest (eg public inquiry).


(Please note this list is not exhaustive and sometimes we might need to share your information with other organisations).


You have a right to object to the Trust sharing or using confidential information we have recorded about you.  You should raise objections at the point you are asked on your treatment pathway with us, should you change your mind and wish to raise objections later you can do this.  To help us support your wishes, you are asked to put in writing that you do not wish us to share your information, by contacting the team via email INFOSEC@SRFT.nhs.uk.  Your request will be processed and steps taken to prevent any further sharing of your information, as part of that process we may to want to discuss implications of this with you.


Have your say

We are keen to obtain your views on how you found your experience at the Trust.  We have devised a short questionnaire to help us understand how you felt we did during your visit.  To see where we may need to look to change processes, to make any improvements.  We ask you to spare five mins to complete this short survey.


Should you wish to give any specific feedback with comments you can do this through the Data Protection Officer at dataprotection.officer@srft.nhs.uk or for more general concerns you can contact PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service) on 0161 206 2003.



Breakup of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and split of services between Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust will cease to be a single organisation. North Manchester General Hospital will move to become part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), and the residual parts of Pennine (Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary) will become Care Organisations within Salford Royal Foundation Trust, which is part of the Northern Care Alliance (NCA).


However here is a key update on the progress being made on the future arrangements for PAT hospitals.


We are now technically ready to deliver the safe disaggregation (i.e. separation) of PAT sites and services on 1 April 2021 as planned.


From 1 April, MFT will formally acquire and be responsible for NMGH. The NCA will continue to deliver some services on site or jointly.


From now on, parts of or all of your care may start to be provided by either the NCA or MFT. To ensure that your care is informed by your previous history, the NCA and MFT will be joint data controllers for your data. This means that your personal and special category data will follow you wherever you go ensuring that you continue to receive safe, high quality care. This arrangement will continue for as long as is required to ensure that your relevant care data is available in each organisation you attend.


Work is taking place to prepare for this change, and we will be sharing a minimal amount of personal data between the organisations to make sure that, from 1 April 2021, your care will be transitioned smoothly .e.g. limited use of clinical data for finance purposes, limited use of personal and special category data i.e in some cases only your NHS No. will suffice.


Due to the complexity of the NCA’s part of the PAT transaction, we have asked for an extension by up to six months to formally complete our part of the legal transaction. This means it will complete by no later than the end of September 2021. The NCA will continue with a Management Agreement for Oldham, Rochdale and Bury Care Organisations during this interim period.

 

Pennine Acute Trust will therefore remain a statutory organisation until the transaction is fully complete and the PAT Board and Trust is dissolved.


On 1 April 2021 services will be disaggregated as planned so that MFT can acquire NMGH by a commercial transfer.


The legal aspects of the transfer of Oldham, Rochdale and Bury Care Organisations to the NCA as a statutory legal entity will be completed before 30 September 2021, formally establishing the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust and the final dissolution of PAT, subject to approval by regulators and the Secretary of State for Health.


We will keep you updated on this progress using the websites for MFT and the NCA and the Privacy Notice available for each organisation. If you would like to contact us in regards to this, please contact us at dpo.transaction@srft.nhs.uk


freedom of information

Freedom of Information

The FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) lays down requirements for public bodies (including the NHS) to keep and make information available on request, such as DPIA's.   Any patient or public request for information under the FOIA must be promptly referred to the Information Governance Department, where requests are handled centrally.


For further information, please see our FOIA webpage


You have a right to object to the Trust sharing or using confidential information we have recorded about you.  You should raise objections at the point you are asked on your treatment pathway with us, should you change your mind and wish to raise objections later you can do this.  To help us support your wishes, you are asked to put in writing that you do not wish us to share your information, by contacting the team via email INFOSEC@SRFT.nhs.uk.  Your request will be processed and steps taken to prevent any further sharing of your information, as part of that process we may to want to discuss implications of this with you.


To mark your central record with your objections your GP can update your records.