Our medical team will obtain confidential information as part of our care for patients. We keep records about our patient’s health, treatment and care they have receive from us. The records may be written down (manual records) and/or held in a secure digital format.

All our staff have a legal duty to keep information about patients safe and confidential within the UK legislation including General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other relevant healthcare regulations within the NHS, such as the Records Management Code of Practice for Health and Social Care 2016.

We will only ever pass on information gathered about our patients if others involved in their care have a genuine need for it. For example, a copy of the patient record is handed over to the receiving hospital so treatment can be continued safely and without delay. In addition, a copy of our patient’s care record is held by the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust; they are the responsible body for pre-hospital care in the East of England and we respond on their behalf.

Anonymous data may be shared for the purposes of public information, clinical audit or research.

We will not disclose your personal identifiable information to other third parties without your permission unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as when the health or safety of others is at risk or where the law requires information to be passed on.

Anyone who receives information from us also has a legal obligation to keep it confidential.

 

Your Health Records

UK Data Protection legislation allows you to find out what information about you is held on computer and in certain manual records. This is known as “right of subject access”. It applies to your health records. You are entitled to receive a copy, but you should also be aware that in certain circumstances your right to see some details in your health records may be limited in your own interest or for other reasons.

Your health records may include:

  • Basic details about you, e.g. your address and next of kin;
  • Notes and reports about your health and any treatment and care you need, have had or may need;
  • Details and records about the treatment and care you are receiving;
  • Results of investigations;
  • Relevant information from other health professionals, relatives or those who care for you and know you well.
  • Follow-up information on your in-hospital care, diagnosis and interventions.

Requests for Personal Information

All requests for patient personal information from EAAA should be made to the East of England Ambulance Service. For more information please contact:- Information Governance Department East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust Bedford Office Hammond Road, Bedford, MK41 0RG Email: informationgovernance@eastamb.nhs.uk

As outlined in the Subject Access Code of Practice from the Information Commissioners Office, patients have a right of access to their personal data, such as the record of their care created by us.

Aftercare Service – Patient Liaison

East Anglian Air Ambulance’s Aftercare Team are registered Health Care Professionals, they will review the health records created by the clinical team. This is in order to contact the Patient or Next of Kin for clinical & wellbeing follow-up.

Our Aftercare Team may contact patients / their next of kin for the purpose follow-up and support. Follow-up information may be entered into the existing secure patient care record, and on our secure Aftercare database.

The Aftercare Team may contact bereaved families by letter to offer condolences and to provide an opportunity for dialogue between the family and East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Patients / their next of kin will not be contacted for promotion or marketing purposes without explicit consent.

Equality & Diversity

We are committed to providing a service which is accessible to everyone and prevents unfair or unlawful discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion, faith or belief and promotes the rights of people to be treated with dignity and respect.

For us equality and diversity is part and parcel of everything that we do.

Raising Concerns

We want our patients and the people we serve to receive the very best care at all times.

If you feel a mistake or misunderstanding has occurred in the care we have provided, we’d like to hear from you. In this way we can help to resolve your concerns and ensure that we learn from any mistakes.

We hope that we can resolve any concerns or queries you may have informally, however, if you are unhappy with the treatment or service you have received from East Anglian Air Ambulance, or are unhappy with the answers you have received informally, you may wish to make a formal complaint. We may even suggest that this is the best course of action in order to resolve your particular concern.

East Anglian Air Ambulance complaints procedure and policy explains how we will deal with complaints. This is available on our website: https://www.eaaa.org.uk/contact/feedback/making-a-complaint/.   Alternatively, if you would like this policy in print format, please contact us or call 03450 669 999.

If we suspect that we have not operated to our very high standards and an incident has occurred that may have caused harm, we will be open and truthful and follow our Duty of Candour to ensure you are notified in a timely manner. We will carry out a thorough investigation, keeping you informed and learning from lessons, to ensure patient care and safety are paramount and the same mistake is not made again.

Contacts

Aftercare Manager: 
Alison Brett – alison.brett@eaaa.org.uk

Medical Director and Caldicott Guardian:
Alastair Wilson – alastair.wilson@eaaa.org.uk

Senior Information Risk Officer:
Samantha Demetriou – Sam.demetriou@eaaa.org.uk

This document was last updated on 24/05/2018.