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The Information Governance department at Frimley Health Foundation Trust, in collaboration with the Information Governance departments at Ashford and St. Peter’s Foundation Trust and Royal Surrey Foundation Trust, supports Berkshire & Surrey Pathology Services in the way it processes or handles information.  This covers personal and patient information as well as corporate information.


There are six areas of information Governance:

·         Common law duty of confidentiality

·         Data Protection

·         Freedom of Information

·         Information Security

·         Record Management

·         Data Quality



All NHS employees are bound by the Common Law Duty of Confidentiality, placing a legal duty on all staff working for the Trust to keep all information provided to the Trust and themselves as employees of the Trust by its patients completely confidential. This legal obligation is further enforced through the codes of practice of staff respective professions and by virtue of their contract with the Trust.


All staff have a legal obligation to ensure that any confidential information they come into contact with is kept secure and confidential at all times.  Where a member of staff receives a request for information relating to an individual, staff must ensure that any disclosure of confidential information is fully justified and in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 or Common Law Duty of Confidentiality.


All Berkshire & Surrey Pathology Services staff undertake annual mandatory Information Governance training to ensure they are familiar with the legislation and Trust and departmental policies.


Where necessary the laboratory will have information available for patients and users that includes an explanation of the clinical procedure to be performed to enable informed consent. 


The importance of provision of patient and family information, where relevant for example for interpreting genetic examination results, shall be explained to the patient and user.


If you have a Freedom of information Request email your request to:


If you have a request relating to patient information email your request to:


If you have a general Information Governance question email your request to: