Privacy Notice: Reporting Gunshot and Knife Wounds

Patients may require treatment for injuries related to Gunshot and Knife wounds.

In certain circumstances, a GP may need to share information with the local Police Force in order to safeguard others.

Wherever possible, patient consent will be obtained however, in limited circumstances, such as where gaining consent is impractical or if the public interest outweighs the patients’ rights, information may be shared without the patient’s knowledge.

1) Controller contact details

The Westwood Surgery
24 Westwood Lane 
DA16 2HE
020 8303 5353

2) Data Protection Officer contact details

GP Data Protection Officer

3) Purpose of the processing

To provide local Police Force with information relating Gunshot and Knife wounds for the protection of others.

4) Lawful basis for processing

The legal basis will be. 

Article 6(1)(e) “processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller”.


Article 9(2)(g) “processing is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest, on the basis of Union or Member State law which shall be proportionate to the aim pursued, respect the essence of the right to data protection and provide for suitable and specific measures to safeguard the fundamental rights and the interests of the data subject”.

5) Recipient or categories of recipients of the processed data

The data may be shared with the local Police Force.

6) Rights to object

You have the right to object to some or all the information being shared with a local police force in certain circumstances. Contact the Controller or the practice. 

You should be aware that this is a right to raise an objection which is not the same as having an absolute right to have your wishes granted in every circumstance

7) Right to access and correct

You have the right to access copies of your data we hold and have any inaccuracies corrected.

There is no right to have accurate medical records deleted except when ordered by a Court of Law.

8) Retention period

The data will be retained for active use during the processing and thereafter according to NHS Policies and the law.

9) Right to Complain.

You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office

Or calling their helpline Tel: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745 (national rate)

There are National Offices for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, (see ICO website)