The surgery uses a computerised record system for recording patient consultations, medication details, past medical history and registration details. Our two surgeries' computers are linked. The doctors, nurses and other health professionals all use this system as appropriate. All patient information and records are held in the strictest confidence. Access is restricted to healthcare professionals and the practice teams. All staff are bound by rules of confidentiality under the Data Protection Act 1998. Disclosure of information to third parties requires the consent of the patient. The practice has a 'Caldicott Guardian' who oversees the security of information.