Reporting gunshot and knife wounds


Patients may require treatment for injuries related to Gunshot and Knife wounds. In certain circumstances, we may need to share information with the local Police Force in order to safeguard you and others. 

Wherever possible, we will speak to you about this and ask you to agree; However, in limited circumstances, such as where asking for you permission is impractical or if the public interest outweighs patients’ rights to confidentially, personal data may be shared without your knowledge. 

Information we collect 

We do not collect any additional personal data for this purpose, but may share any or all of the information we have collected as part of the ‘Routine direct care’ and ‘emergency direct care’ sections of this privacy notice. 

Our lawful basis 

In order to legally be able to process your personal data, we must have a lawful basis under the United Kingdom General Data Protection Regulation. Our lawful basis for the purpose of processing data in our stated purpose is: 


Article 6 (1)(e) processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest. 

Article 9 (2)(g) processing is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest, on the basis of domestic 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 domestic law; 

          Data Protection Act 2018 (chapter 12) Schedule 1 - Special categories of personal data and criminal convictions etc data Part 2 — Substantial public interest conditions, section 10 Preventing or detecting unlawful acts 


          Section 18 of that same chapter, Safeguarding of children and of individuals at risk 

By processing your health data we will also recognise your rights established under English case law, collectively known as the “Common Law Duty of Confidentiality”. This means that we only use your personal data in ways that would reasonably be expected, including where we share your information with your consent or where we can reasonably expect that you would consent in order to provide you with care, or for reasons of substantial public interest. 

Who we share your information with 

Relevant law enforcement bodies organisations. 

Our processors  

The trust does not use additional processors for the sharing of this information. 

How long will we keep your data 

We will keep your personal data in line with the retention periods detailed in the NHS retention schedule.  

Your rights 

Data protection laws give you a number of rights over your personal data. These rights are detailed below. 

The right to be informed 

The trust is required by law to provide you with information about how it collects and uses your personal data. The trust, by way of this privacy notice is providing you with this information. 

The right of access 

You have the right to access the information we hold about you. You can access some information, such as information from your hospital record, hospital appointments, test results and messages from MyHealth patient portal. You can find out more information on how to do this here. To access any other personal information we hold, please see our guidance on health records or contact the Access Team at  

The right to rectification 

You have the right to have inaccurate information about you corrected or incomplete information completed. This is not that same as disagreeing with a clinical observation or opinion and asking for this to be changed. If you disagree with a clinical opinion you should discuss this with the team who’s care you are under. To update your basic contact details or address, please contact the patient advice and liaison (PALS) team

To request any other inaccurate information corrected please contact

The right to erasure 

The right to erasure is also known as ‘the right to be forgotten’. The right is not absolute and only applies in certain circumstances. 

This is limited to: 

  • Where we still hold your personal data, but it is no longer necessary for the purpose for which we originally collected or processed it; or, 
  • We have to erase it to comply with a legal obligation. 

To exercise this right, please contact

The right to restrict processing 

You have the right to restrict the processing of your personal data in certain circumstances. This means that you can limit the way we use your data. This is an alternative to requesting the erasure of your data. The right is not absolute and only applies in certain circumstances. 

This is limited to  

  • Where you contest the accuracy of your personal data and we are verifying the accuracy; or, 
  • We no longer need the personal data, but you need us to keep it in order to establish, exercise or defend a legal claim. 

To exercise this right, please contact

The right to data portability 

The right to data portability does not apply to the processing of your personal data for this purpose. 

The right to object 

You have the right to object to the processing of your personal data at any time. This effectively allows you to stop or prevent us from processing your personal data. 

An objection may be in relation to all of the personal data we hold about you or only to specific information.  

The right to object only applies in certain circumstances. You must give specific reasons why you are objecting to the processing of your data. These reasons should be based upon your particular situation. 

In these circumstances, your right to object is not an absolute right, and we do not need to comply if we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing, which override your interests, rights and freedoms. To exercise this right, please contact

Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling 

The trust’s clinical staff use tools to help assist in you diagnoses and treatment; However, the results are always reviewed and interpreted by an appropriately trained clinician who will have the final say in your diagnoses and treatment. The trust does not make any solely automated decisions about you.