Protection of Personal Information
The Pathology Department will maintain the confidentiality of patient information by following Trust policy on Confidentiality and Security of Personal Information and national guidelines including the Caldecott principles. It will only disclose information on patients to other health care professionals who need to know that information in order to provide effective care and treatment to that patient. The information provided will be the minimum necessary to allow appropriate and effective care.
In cases where a specimen may need to be referred to an external laboratory for specialised testing, patient consent to disclose clinical information and family history to that laboratory is assumed as given as part of the overall consent to take the specimen and perform the test. If you do not agree to this position, please contact the laboratory Clinical Lead