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Patient Confidentiality

We collect information about patients so that the best quality health and care services can be provided. We work to ensure this information is managed, stored and used securely. A leaflet specifically about cancer registration has been developed for patients and the public. About Cancer Registration Download PDF file [97Kb]

A more detailed fact sheet has been produced for clinical staff and data protection officers about the processing of personal health records to inform the counselling of patients who ask for further details specifically about cancer information.

Cancer Information in Scotland: A Summary of Data Flows and Uses Download PDF file [41Kb]

ISD have also published a leaflet ‘Safe and secure use of personal health information’ (September 2015) which explains how ISD ensures information is managed, stored and used securely.

Further information relating to NSS PHI confidentiality and patient identifiable information is available from

Further information relating to NHS board patient identification and confidentiality is available via the NHS Inform website

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