Privacy Statement: Data Protection Code of Practice
Privacy notice to patients
We will keep your records safely
This practice complies with the Data Protection Act (1998) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018. This means that we will ensure that your information is processed fairly and lawfully.
What personal information do we need to hold?
•Your past and current medical and dental condition; personal details such as your age, address, telephone number and your general medical practitioner
•Radiographs, clinical photographs and study models
•Information about the treatment that we have provided or propose and its cost
•Notes of conversations or incidents that might occur for which a record needs to be kept
•Records of consent to treatment
•Any correspondence relating to you with other health care professionals, for example in the hospital or community services.
Why do we hold this information?
We need to keep accurate personal data about patients in order to provide you with safe and appropriate dental care.
We are required to retain your dental records, X- rays and study models while you are a patient of this practice and after you cease to be a patient, for at least eleven years or until age 25, whichever is the longer.
Security of information
Personal data about you is held on Dentally, (a cloud based system) used with the practice’s computer system and/or in a manual filing system. The information is not accessible to the public; only authorised members of staff have access to it. Our computer system has secure audit trails and we back up information routinely.
Dentally's database is held within the EU (specifically Ireland) and the storage requirements complies with UK and European law.
All of the servers are hosted in a secure Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and use the same level of encryption required of any major bank.
We may need to disclose your information
In order to provide proper and safe dental care to:
•Your general medical practitioner
•The hospital or community dental services
•Other health professionals caring for you
•The Inland Revenue
•Private dental schemes of which you are a member.
Disclosure will take place on a ‘need-to-know’ basis, so that only those individuals/organisations who need to know in order to provide care to you and for the proper administration of Government (whose personnel are covered by strict confidentiality rules) will be given the information. Only information that the recipient needs to know will be disclosed.
In very limited circumstances or when required by law or a court order, personal data may have to be disclosed to a third party not connected with your health care. In all other situations, disclosure that is not covered by this Code of Practice will only occur when we have your specific consent. Where possible you will be informed of these requests for disclosure.
You have the right to:
1.Be informed about the personal data we hold and why we hold it.
2.Access a copy of your data that we hold by contacting us directly: we will acknowledge your request and supply a response within one month or sooner.
3.Check the information we hold about you is correct and to make corrections if not
4.Have your data erased in certain circumstances.
5.Transfer your data to someone else if you tell us to do so and it is safe and legal to do so.
6.Tell us not to actively process or update your data in certain circumstances.
How long is the Personal Data stored for?
1.We will store patient data for as long as we are providing care, treatment or recalling patients for further care. We will archive (that is, store it without further action) for as long as is required for legal purposes.
2.We must store employment data for six years after an employee has left.
3.We must store contractors’ data for seven years after the contract is ended.
What if you are not happy or wish to raise a concern about our data processing?
You can complain in the first instance to our Data protection Officer, who is Richard Bazlinton and we will do our best to resolve the matter. If this fails, you can complain to the Information Commissioner at www.ico.org.uk/concerns or by calling 0303 123 1113.
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