The patient's charter sets out:
Any person given access to your records will be subject to a duty of confidentiality. You have a right to object to disclosure.
When referring you to other healthcare workers the doctors will make available to them details of your medical history. The doctor will respect the wishes of any patient who objects to particular information being shared with others providing care, except where this would put others at risk of serious harm.
Information about patients is requested for a wide variety of purposes including education, research, monitoring, epidemiology, public health surveillance, clinical audit and planning.