In the National Health Service in England, we aim to provide you with the highest quality of healthcare. We also aim to gain evidence that will improve health and care through research. To do this, we must keep records about you, your health and the care we have provided to you or plan to provide to you. NHS care records may be electronic, on paper or a mixture of both, and organisations use a combination of working practices and technology to keep to this guarantee.
You have the right to privacy and confidentiality and to expect the NHS to keep confidential information safe and secure (the NHS Constitution for England 2010). This guarantee is our commitment that NHS organisations and those providing care on behalf of the NHS will use records about you in ways that respect your rights and promote your health and wellbeing.
Please see attached document describing this in more in detail.