Privacy Notice – National Screening Programme

The NHS provides national screening programmes so that certain diseases can be detected at an early stage. These currently apply to bowel cancer, breast cancer, aortic aneurysms and diabetic retinal screening service. The law allows us to share your contact information with Public Health England so that you can be invited to the relevant screening programme.

Data Controller Contact Details

  • Lead: Dr Sasha Honnor
  • Deputy: Dr Juliet Graham

Data Protection Officer Contact Details

The Surrey Heartlands CCGs DPO support service for GP practices.

AJ Spinks Ltd will provide the DPO support.

Service for GP practices and this will include:

The Surrey Heartlands Primary Care DPO Service is available
Monday-Friday, 09:00 – 17:00 (excluding bank holidays) and can be
contacted via:

Purpose Of The Processing

The NHS provides several national health screening programs to detect diseases or conditions earlier such as; cervical and breast cancer, aortic aneurysm and diabetes. The information is shared so as to ensure only those who should be called for screening are called and or those at highest risk are prioritised.

Lawful Basis For Processing

The sharing is to support Direct Care which is covered under:

  • Article 6(1)(e); “necessary… in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller’
  • Article 9(2)(h) ‘necessary for the purposes of preventative or occupational medicine for the assessment of the working capacity of the employee, medical diagnosis, the provision of health or social care or treatment or the management of health or social care systems and services…”

We will also recognise your rights established under UK case law collectively known as the “Common Law Duty of Confidentiality”.

Recipient Or Categories Of Recipients Of The Processed Data

The data will be shared with local service providers.

Rights To Object

You have the right to object to this processing of your data and to some or all of the information being shared with the recipients. Contact the Data Controller or the practice.

For national screening programmes, you can opt so that you no longer receive an invitation to a screening programme.

Right To Access And Correct

You have the right to access the data that is being shared and have any inaccuracies corrected. There is no right to have accurate medical records deleted except when ordered by a court of Law.

Retention Period

GP medical records will be kept in line with the law and national guidance.

Right to Complain

You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office, you can call their helpline on 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745.