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The advice in this section is for general guidance only.
If you need more specific advice you can call one of our medico-legal advisers on 0800 716 646. They are available between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday and provide an on-call service for medico-legal emergencies or urgent queries 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Alternatively you can fill out our form and an adviser will respond.
Confidentiality is an essential part of the bond of trust that exists between doctor and patient.
Obtain consent to disclose identifiable patient information, unless it is required by law or justified in the public interest.
Memory sticks are great for transporting your personal photos and documents. But they are not suitable for storing identifiable patient data. Here's why.
Court cases where a child is involved are subject to very strict statutory rules on confidentiality that apply to all family proceedings.
Must we always disclose patient details to the police?
Is it OK to inform the DVLA or DVA if an alcohol-dependent patient continues to drive, despite repeated warnings?
Do I need a patient's consent to use their anonymised image for education purposes?
Can I share a patient's records with other members of the healthcare team?
Must I disclose confidential information to the coroner or procurator fiscal?
Do I have a duty of confidentiality towards a dead patient?
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