How Sandyford uses patient information for research
Sandyford is proud to be involved in varied research projects, involving new drugs or treatments used in sexual health and new ways of providing care. All of the research projects aim to improve treatment, care or services for future service users.
When patients attend Sandyford they are asked to complete a registration form.
The information provided is stored on the national sexual health computer system (NaSH) in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and General Data Protection Regulations (2018). Access to this information is strictly controlled.
Clinical information can only be accessed by staff within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde working in sexual health. If a patient attends a sexual health service in another board they will be asked if they want to create a new identity or use the same record. Only staff directly involved in their care or investigating clinical incidents or complaints have access to this information.
Service information such as the number of users, their ages and reasons for attending is used to carry out research and audit projects in order to improve services and teach health professionals to protect or improve the service and for administration of the service. This information does not identify individuals. Under GDPR regulations, patients can opt out of inclusion within these projects.
Information taken at registration includes asking patients if they are happy to be contacted for research purposes. If agreeable, they may be contacted by Sandyford staff and asked if they would like to take part in a project. Taking part rarely benefits the patient at that time but may help service users in the future. All research projects involving patients have to be approved by the Sandyford Research Governance Group.
Patients do not have to take part in a project just because they have agreed to be contacted about research.