COVID-19 Privacy Notice

DBTH has written a new Privacy Notice document, to explain how your information may be used to protect yourself and others from the Coronavirus pandemic.

Given the current situation unfolding around the globe, it has become more important than ever that healthcare organisations are able to share information with one another. Hospitals across the country are facing significant pressures from COVID-19 and having access to relevant data will play an absolutely critical part in alleviating these.

As such, we may need to share your information with other healthcare providers, so that we can deliver better treatment and protect public health, as well as for the purposes of research and monitoring the outbreak. This privacy notice explains how we are doing just that, by adhering to existing laws that allow for confidential patient information to be appropriately shared in a public health emergency.

During this period, opt-outs will not generally apply to the data used for supporting the COVID-19 response. Likewise, where data is used and shared under these laws, your right to have it erased will also not apply.

However, in relation to the Summary Care Record, existing choices will be respected. Please note that any information used or shared during the COVID-19 outbreak will be limited to the period of the outbreak itself, unless there is another legal basis to use the data.

The full document, which also includes a section on subject access and freedom of information requests, can be found here.

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