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Confidentiality of Patient Information

Confidentiality of patient information

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (referred to as CMFT or the Trust) collects holds and processes personal data about many individuals, including information about its employees, patients, suppliers, clients and stakeholders.

The Department of Reproductive Medicine conforms to the Trust policy on Handling Person Identifiable Information (policy ON4-3438).

We, as a Trust, take our duty to protect your personal information and confidentiality very seriously and we are committed to taking all reasonable measures to ensure the confidentiality and security of personal data for which we are responsible, whatever format and medium it is held in.

Every employee, agency worker, volunteer, third party contractor and supplier is responsible for ensuring that they handle information with care and respect. It is their responsibility to protect this information from those who are not authorised to use it or view it. They must ensure that whilst in their care, and when transporting information to somebody else, they have done everything possible to protect this information and comply with the Data Protection Act, The Caldicott Principles and the Confidentiality: NHS Code of Practice.

The Trust information charter can be found on Staffnet (the Trust's intranet) and the Department of Reproductive Medicine notes that:

  • We only ask for information that we need to allow interpretation of results
  • We protect the information and ensure only those staff who need to see the information can access it
  • We share the information only when we need to for patient care. For example, sending the information to another laboratory for testing
  • We don't store information for any longer than is absolutely necessary

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