Secure Shredding requirements for the Health Service 

Every business has its own security requirements, but none more than the National Health Service. Maintaining patient confidentiality is essential to build trust and protect individuals’ details. Disposing of patients’ medical records is vital to comply with UK legal requirements regarding private information. Ensuring that all paperwork is disposed of by shredding to a sufficient standard is a requirement of NHS and GP Privacy Policies.

Health Service confidentiality

Shredding and patient security require a lot of attention and importance for the NHS, which deals with a large number of people every day. With so many patients using doctor’s surgeries, hospitals and private clinics regularly, the need to dispose of patient data is extremely high. Shredding records and other documents contributes to patient safety and security.

Do you need a confidential media destruction service? 

The majority of businesses will have a substantial amount of secure information that is stored confidentially and then needs to be destroyed. For some businesses this may be largely in paper form, however more and more businesses are moving towards only storing data digitally. However, this means that companies must be careful to diligently dispose of any media that they are no longer using – whether this is hard drives, DVDs or CDs, or other storage devices such as SIM cards or USB memory sticks.

 

Every company has secure documentation – anything from staff payment information, to accounts or private customer data. When you’ve finished with these printed documents, under UK confidentiality laws, your company is required to dispose of these securely. And not only for paper documents – don’t forget any of your data that is stored on hard drives, USB sticks or other media.