Welcome to East Lynne Medical Centre Online
At East Lynne surgery in Clacton-on-Sea the doctors and nurses take pride in offering the highest standard of patient-centred healthcare. We run many clinics for chronic disease care and offer a wide variety of other medical services such as antenatal and postnatal care, minor surgery, childhood vaccinations and well-person check-ups.
In addition to everything you need to know about the practice you will also find a wealth of health-related information in the menu on the right hand side. Please have a look around and do send us some feedback if you like. We will keep it as uptodate as we can, but any ideas or suggestions to improve will always be considered.
Care.data - What you need to know
Confidential information from your medical records can be used by the NHS to improve the services offered so we can provide the best possible care for everyone.
This information along with your postcode and NHS number but not your name, are sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information.
This allows those planning NHS services or carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you.
You have a choice . If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything.
If you wish to prevent data relating to yourself from being involved then ask at reception for an “Opt out of Care.data form”,or click on link below, complete and return it to the surgery ASAP.
Opt out of Care.data Form
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO YOUR
“SHORT TIME TO DECIDE HOW YOUR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
WILL BE USED AND STORED”
East Lynne Medical Centre will be required to supply patients’ personal and confidential medical Information, on a regular and continuous basis, to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The first upload is expected to be the end of February.
This information will be extracted from the practice in a form that will include your NHS number, date of birth, postcode and gender.
Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, East Lynne Medical Centre has NO CHOICE but to allow the HSCIC to extract this information. The programme, called care.data, is administered by the HSCIC using software and services provided by a private sector company (ATOS).
The data will be stored on HSCIC national servers and not on GP systems. The HSCIC will administer the data, and states it intends to use it “for planning health services and for research”.
This is known as “secondary uses” of your medical records.
Once the data has been extracted, East Lynne Medical Centre is no longer the data controller for that information, and cannot control or protect in any way how that information is used, shared or who has access to it.
The HSCIC WILL BE the data controller for your uploaded information and will have total control over it.
Although East Lynne Medical Centre cannot object to this information leaving the practice, YOU CAN. Individual patients and their families can instruct East Lynne Medical Centre to prohibit the transfer of your data,
You have the right to opt-out .
Opting-out will have no effect on the medical care that you receive either from East Lynne Medical Centre or from anywhere else within the NHS or private sector.
If you do nothing, i.e. you do not opt out, then your medical information WILL BE extracted and uploaded to the HSCIC on a continuing basis.
There is a lot of information available about care.data, which you may choose to refer to before you decide on whether you wish to opt out or not.
Opt out of Care.data form
A web-link to this information is below;
(Site updated 11/02/2014)