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Looking after your information

Cambridge University Hospitals places great emphasis on the need for the strictest confidentiality in respect of personal health data.

This applies to manual and computer records and conversations about patients' treatment. Everyone working for the National Health Service (NHS) is under a legal duty to keep patients' information, held in whatever form, confidential.

Patient information includes medical records and 'non-health' information e.g. a patient's name, address, date of birth, details of financial or domestic circumstances provided by the patient and added to by NHS staff, a relative or other person.

Data Protection Act (DPA)

Cambridge University Hospitals complies with the Data Protection Act; patients are entitled to certain rights regarding information held about them under the Data Protection Act 1998.