What is personal information?

Confidentiality, data protection and patient health records at Addenbrooke's

Personal information is any material held within the hospital concerning you, the patient. Personal information within any medical organisation is stored in a number of different formats to become your own, unique medical health record. This record will ensure you are correctly identified and receive the appropriate care and treatment for your individual needs.

This information can be stored in several formats including:

  • Paper
  • Imaged
  • Electronic
  • Microfiche

Patient information can also be classed as non-health information including your name, address and any other personal details you may have provided.


Medical health records are located throughout Cambridge University Hospitals in secure storage areas and libraries, and electronically on secure databases. Please see NHS Care Records Service for more information on the future of NHS medical records storage.


> NHS Care Records Service



































On this website:


> Patient Advice & Liaison Services (PALS)


> Making a complaint


> Freedom of information



On other sites:


> NHS Care Records Service

To improve the service and quality of your care a new computer network is being developed nationally that will phase out the need for paper and film records. The network will hold your entire patient record to allow Hospitals, GP’s and chemist’s secure access to your health records to improve information sharing across the NHS.


> The Information Commissioner


> NHS Connecting for Health


> Ministry of Justice


> Department of Health