The principles of data protection are designed to protect confidential information about individual patients from being disclosed to those who do not need to know.
Patients can be identified using various personal details, along or in combination. Patient identifiable information includes the following:
- TELEPHONE NUMBER
- DATE OF BIRTH
- NHS NUMBER
- ETHNIC GROUP
A combination of one or more of these can be used to identify a patient.
Did you know that in some remote areas the Post Code alone is sufficient to identify an individual?
Only those who need to know should have access to Patient Information Do not disclose details about patients to those who do not need to know!
Think before you Speak!