- You, and anyone you employ, must protect patient information.
- You may disclose patient information in some circumstances where it is required by law or where the patient or others might be at risk of serious harm.
- You may share some limited patient information with others who provide care to your patients.
- Disclosing any other information about a patient requires their consent.
- You should anonymise patient information, where possible, and guard against unintentional or improper disclosures.
- Disclosing information about a child requires their consent, or that of their parents, unless it is in the child’s best interests or they are at risk of serious harm.
- There are limitations on disclosing information to patients’ relatives or carers.
- Patient information remains confidential after their death, with exceptions, for example where it is required by a court of law.