Understanding Third-Party Consent

  • Understanding Third-Party Consent

Understanding Third-Party Consent

At Knoll Medical Practice, we take your privacy seriously. This includes your medical records, which contain sensitive information about your health. Sometimes, you may wish to share this information with someone else, such as a family member or carer. This is where third-party consent comes in.

Third-party consent means giving someone else permission to access your medical records. It’s important to understand that this is a significant decision with potential implications. Before granting access, it’s crucial to weigh the seriousness and risks involved.

What information can be shared?

You have control over what information is shared. You can grant access to your entire medical record, specific sections, booking/cancelling appointments on your behalf, requesting prescriptions on your behalf and being given messages about any aspect of your medical treatment.

Remember, even seemingly “minor” details can reveal sensitive information about your health and personal life.

Risks and considerations:

  • Privacy concerns: Once shared, you lose control over how the information is used or disclosed. Consider if you’re comfortable with the recipient knowing everything in your records.
  • Misunderstandings: Medical jargon can be confusing. Ensure the recipient understands the information and its potential implications.
  • Emotional impact: Sharing sensitive information can have emotional consequences for both you and the recipient. Consider if you’re prepared for potential reactions.
  • Potential misuse: In rare cases, shared information could be misused for discriminatory or financial purposes.

Alternatives to consider:

  • Verbal communication: Discuss your health concerns directly with the recipient instead of sharing your entire record.
  • Appointed representative: In certain situations, appointing a legal representative like a Power of Attorney may be a better option.

Taking your time:

Granting third-party consent is not a decision to be rushed. Discuss your concerns with your family/friends/carer and carefully consider the potential risks and benefits before making a choice. We encourage you to ask questions and seek clarification if anything is unclear.

Remember, at Knoll Medical Practice, we are here to support you in making informed decisions about your healthcare and privacy.

Organising Third-Party Consent

If you wish to go ahead and organise third-party consent you can simply complete the below form with the representative you are allowing access and return this to the Practice. To download a form, please click below.