You have a number of rights under Data Protection Legislation; many of these formally come into force from 25 May 2018 but the Trust will endeavour to respect these in advance of that date.
In short, your rights are:
- Right to be informed
- Right of access
- Right to rectification
- Right to erasure
- Right to object
- Right to restrict processing
- Right to data portability
Right to be informed
You have a right to be informed about uses of your information with an emphasis on transparency. This notice, in support of other privacy notices published by the Trust, ensures that your right to be informed is achieved.
Right of access
You have a right to receive:
- Confirmation of what information is recorded about you
- Confirmation of how your information is used
- Access to your information
You will be required to provide proof of identification and may be asked to specify exactly what information you require.
If you would like access to your health records please submit your request in writing to the Subject Access Request Department or telephone 0151 529 2023 for more information.
Right to rectification
Rectification refers to correcting inaccuracies or incomplete data which is held by the Trust. This applies to factual information only – such as identifiers and next of kin. The Trust is unable to remove or alter professional opinions which you may disagree with. You do however; have the right to include your own statements alongside professional opinions.
To request rectification of information held about you, or to add your own statement, please contact the Subject Access Request Department on 0151 529 2906.
If you disagree with a professional opinion and wish to add your own statements, please contact the Data Protection Officer.
Right to erasure
In some circumstances you can request that your information is deleted.
This right will apply if the processing has been undertaken on the basis of consent which is withdrawn, the processing of data is determined not to be lawful or the information is no longer required. You will be informed of activities to which this right applies.
There are exceptions to this right. Any enquiries should be made directly to the Data Protection Officer.
Generally, the Trust is legally required to maintain your records in accordance with the retention guide referenced above.
Right to object
There is no general right to object to processing; however, you can object if there are grounds relating to your own particular situation, or if information is likely to be used for:
- Scientific or historical research
- Statistical purposes
- Purposes in the public interest or under an official authority (e.g. NHS Act 2006)
To object to processing, please contact the Data Protection Officer.
Right to restrict processing
The right to restrict processing means that if you have disputed the accuracy of information, objected to its use or require data due for destruction to be maintained for a legal claim, you can have the data stored by the Trust but no other uses are then permitted until the dispute is settled.
To request restriction to processing, please contact the Data Protection Officer.
Right to data portability
The right to data portability is unlikely to apply to information held by the Trust; but you will be informed when the right does apply.
However, the Trust will cooperate with other health care providers and transfer your information, where appropriate, if you are being treated by other organisations.