Data Protection 2018 – How we are doing

The new Data Protection rules, General Data Protection Regulations, come into effect from 25th May 2018 and are now called Data Protection 2018.

This means that the practice is now ensuring we are compliant with the new legislation.

This is something all GPs are working towards and you may see a few changes to the information you are given.  On the whole, Data Protection 2018 ensures that Information Governance and Information Security are at the forefront of any decisions that we make; ensuring your data and information is secure at all times.  We want to reassure patients that we have always taken Data Protection extremely seriously and will continue to safeguard your information as patients.

What have we updated?

For 2019-202 we have updated our Information Flows documents.  They give information about where your information is transferred to – please see this link here

For 2019 we have a Social Prescriber on site as part of the Northwich Primary Care Network who may request access to your health records if you consent to see them.  Please ask at reception for further information, however in brief, this works in a similar way to a normal GP Referral or if you see a third-party such as a Mental Health nurse on site.  If you have any questions please contact us.

We have updated our Privacy Notice – please see this page for more information.

We have updated our registration forms – please see this page for more information.


Staff have been trained in the new guidelines in May 2018 and February 2019.


NAME: Mr Craig Walker

ROLE: Head of Information Governance and Quality Assurance – Data Protection Officer

ADDRESS: St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospital Trust
Health Informatics Services
Alexandra Business Park
Prescot Road
St Helens
WA10 3TP

CONTACT TEL 0151 676 5698

Further Information

If you would like to know more about the GDPR you might find these websites useful:

Information Governance Alliance


Please contact Laura Clare, Practice Manager – Patient Services, if you have any questions.

NHS Data – Why Your Data Matters

The NHS has updated the information around opting in or out of the national data sharing for patients. For more information please click here for the NHS pages:

You can pick up a leaflet in the practice and request to opt out.  For more information please ask for Laura Clare.