St George’s Covid-19 Privacy Notice

Date: 23/04/20

This privacy notice describes how St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (“the Trust”) may use your personal information to protect you and others during the Covid-19 outbreak. It supplements our main Privacy Notice which is available at

Existing law which allows confidential patient information to be used and shared appropriately and lawfully in a public health emergency is being used during this outbreak.

In order to look after your health and care needs the Trust may share your confidential personal information including health and care records with clinical and non-clinical staff in other health and care providers, for example GP practices, hospitals and NHS 111. The Trust may also use the details we have to send health related messages to you, either by phone, text or email.

During this period of emergency the Trust may offer you a consultation via telephone or videoconferencing. By accepting the invitation and entering the consultation you are consenting to this. Your personal/confidential patient information will be safeguarded in the same way it would with any other consultation. The Trust will also be required to share personal/confidential patient information with health and care organisations and other bodies engaged in disease surveillance for the purposes of protecting public health, providing healthcare services to the public and monitoring and managing the outbreak.

Any information used or shared during the Covid-19 outbreak will be limited to the

period of the outbreak unless there is another legal basis to use the data. During this period of emergency, opt-outs will not generally apply to the data used to support the Covid-19 outbreak, due to the public interest in sharing information. This includes National Data Opt-outs and Health Information Exchange Opt-out.

Where data is used and shared under the law your right to have personal data erased will also not apply. It may also take us longer to respond to Subject Access requests, Freedom of Information requests and other data subject rights requests whilst we focus our efforts on responding to the outbreak.

The Trust may amend this privacy notice at any time. The date at the top of this page will be amended each time this notice is updated.