This policy relates to information collected from the www.skinandlaser.co.uk website. When you visit our website, some personal information, such as e-mail, mailing address, phone and fax might be collected. This information is only used to generate user profiles and to personalise the website to your particular interests.
While we endeavour to ensure that the information on this website is correct, we do not warrant that it is accurate, complete or up to date. We may make changes to the material on this Website, or to the Products described in it, at any time without notice.
Information on The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic website is not intended as a substitute for medical advice and may not be used to diagnose or treat any health condition without the consultation of a qualified health care provider.
Any data contained on the website is provided for guidance only and is not intended to be definitive. To the maximum extent permitted by law, we provide you with this website on the basis that we exclude all representations, warranties, conditions and other terms which but for these terms might have effect in relation to this website. You must bear the risks associated with the use of the Internet. This clause does not affect your statutory rights.
We accept no responsibility for the content of sites unrelated to www.skinandlaser.co.uk which we may have links with or for any content displayed on this site. The existence of links from to other sites does not imply www.skinandlaser.co.uk endorsement of the sites' entire content (due to the changing nature of the net) or of their officers or employees. However, if you have a complaint about a particular site to which www.skinandlaser.co.uk has a link, please write to us with details and we will consider removing links to them from this site to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Privacy Notice - How We Use and Share Your Information
Making your health record work for you
The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic needs to keep a record of the care you receive to ensure that:
- Professionals involved in your care have accurate and up-to-date information
- We have all the information necessary for assessing your needs and providing excellent care
- Your concerns can be properly investigated if you raise a complaint
- Accurate information about you is available if you:
- Move to another area
- Need to use another service
- See a different healthcare professional.
We have a duty to:
- Maintain full and accurate records of the care we provide to you
- Ensure that your records are confidential, secure and accurate
- Provide a copy at your request that is an accessible format (e.g. in large type if you are partially sighted). Your record may include some or all of the following:
- Your name, address and date of birth
- Contacts we have had with you, such as appointments
- Notes and reports on your health
- Details of treatment and care, images and test results
- Information on medicines, side effects and allergies
- Relevant information from people who care for you and know you well, such as health professionals and relatives
- The members of staff who see you may also add notes on their professional opinion.
If you wish us to, and it is practical, we will discuss and agree with you what we are going to enter on your record and show you what we have recorded.
Identifying you as an individual
We have many patients with similar names so it vitally important for all patients to be properly identified as individuals. In order to be absolutely sure that you have been correctly identified we may ask you for a number of pieces of information. Suitable items include:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Permanent (home, not a temporary) address.
How you can help us to keep your health record accurate
- Let us know when you change address, telephone number or name
- Tell us if any information in your record is incorrect
- Give your consent so that we can share information about you with other health professionals to make sure you receive the right healthcare
- Tell us if you change your mind about how we share the information in your record.
How The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic uses your contact details
We take your privacy seriously so please let us know how you want us to contact you.
If you provide a mobile phone number: we may ring, leave a message or text you, please tell us if you do not want us to do so.
If you provide a landline: we may leave a message, please tell us if you do not want us to do so.
If you provide us with your email address: we may use it send confidential health information, unless you have told us not to do so.
Please read the following before providing us with your email address.
- Emails can be quick and convenient and will allow you to keep a record (unlike a phone call). However, although our own systems are secure, it may be possible to intercept your email when it is being sent over the internet
- Be aware also that if you share your computer others may read your emails
- You can use email to contact staff in relation to a query or to ask about an appointment
- Do not give more personal information than we need to process your request
- Do not ask us to send you medical details that you would not want seen by other people
- If you have an urgent question or feel unwell after going home after treatment contact an emergency service e.g. 111 NHS emergency service or 999 for life threatening conditions by telephone, do NOT email.
How your records are kept
Our guiding principle is that we hold your records in strict confidence.
The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic Ltd is registered under the Data Protection Act 1998. It abides by the law and observes good practice in maintaining confidentiality and appropriate information security.
We will fulfil its obligations under this Act to the fullest extent, including ensuring that the following 8 principles governing the processing of personal data are observed.
i. Personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully;
ii. Personal data shall be obtained only for specified and lawful purposes, and shall not be processed in any manner incompatible with those purposes;
iii. Personal data shall be adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to the purposes for which it is processed;
iv. Personal data shall be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date;
v. Personal data shall be kept for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which it is processed;
vi. Personal data shall be processed in accordance with the rights of data subjects under the Act;
vii. Personal data shall be subject to appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect against unauthorised or unlawful processing and accidental loss, destruction or damage;
viii. Personal data shall not be transferred to a country or territory outside the European Economic Area unless that country or territory ensures an adequate level of data protection.
The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic is also registered with the Care Quality Commission. This means that we are subject to ongoing inspection and regulation by the CQC. This includes checks by the CQC that we are observing all necessary and statutory guidelines for use of your data in line with Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 (Part 3).
Information about you and the services you receive may be held in a number of formats and will be kept for the specific retention periods outlined by the relevant professional bodies. The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic Ltd uses secure systems to store medical records, images and details of prescriptions. Patient data held on paper or disk will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act and destroyed using secure documented procedures after the time periods set out by the Department Of Health.
How your records are used
We use your records to:
- Ensure that any treatment or advisory services we provide to you are based on accurate information
- Send a letter about your care to your GP or other health professional at the end of your treatment, unless you tell us not to do so
- Work effectively with other services providing you with treatment or advice
- Monitor the quality of our care and help us to understand the outcomes of care
- Investigate any concerns or complaints you or your family have about your health care
- Provide information that is needed for financial transactions in relation to payment for treatment, such as billing. For private patients this may include details shared with your insurance company. If you have any concerns about this, please contact your insurer.
- We may remove your name and other details that could identify you so that we can use the information in your record anonymously to:
- Monitor and improve the quality of care received by patients
- Protect the health of the general public, for example we may share anonymous and aggregated patient information with organisations such as the National Institute for Clinical Excellence and the Cancer Registry for research or statistical purposes
- Train and educate staff.
Wherever possible, we anonymise your data or use a quasi- identifier such as a patient number or NHS number.
Sharing your health record
The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic Ltd is responsible for protecting the confidentiality of patient information and making sure that information is shared where this is appropriate. To make sure you receive all the care and treatment you need, we may need to share the information in your health record with other staff and organisations. This could include:
- Other healthcare professionals, such as doctors, pharmacists, and pathology and radiology staff involved in the analysis and reporting of diagnostic tests
- Other hospitals and private sector organisations involved in your care
- Local authority departments
- Voluntary organisations providing on-going support
- Administrative support staff.
Note that anyone who receives information from us also has a legal duty to keep it confidential.
We may also share information that identifies you where:
- You ask us to do so
- We ask for specific permission and you agree to this
- We are required to do this by law
- We have special permission because we believe that the reasons for sharing are so important that they override our obligation of confidentiality (e.g. to prevent someone from being seriously harmed). The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic Ltd does not give the names and addresses of patients to other organisations except under the circumstances described in this Privacy Notice. Unless you have signed an additional consent, Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic Ltd will not contact you after your visit for purposes other than:
-Follow up of care
-Collecting your views about your stay with us
-Settlement of any account that may be due, if appropriate
-Complaints and concerns handling.
Sharing information with your family and friends
We will normally share information about the progress of your treatment with the person you name as your Emergency Contact, if you have provided such a contact, unless you have told us not to do so. Your emergency contact should be someone that you trust and feel close to. It does not have to be a blood relative; it can be a good friend. We ask patients to name their emergency contact so that we know who you would like us to keep informed about the care we provide or the decisions we need to make. In identifying your emergency contact, you are giving us permission to keep him or her informed. However, note that since our Company provides principally diagnostic services only, it will not generally be appropriate for us to give general information about a patient’s health and such requests therefore should normally be directed to the patient's own General Practitioner or other health professional responsible for the patient’s care.
You can also name other people, with whom you would like us to share information about you. We make best efforts to ensure that information provided over the telephone is restricted to those you have named and we share on a need to know basis. Sometimes this means refusing to disclose information about you to someone who feels they should know about your treatment and progress. Please make your family and friends aware of this.
Sometimes we have a legal duty to provide information about people; examples are reporting some infectious diseases, and when a court order instructs us to do so. Records may also be shared without the patient's consent in exceptional situations, such as to safeguard adults or children.
The Care Quality Commission is the independent regulator of health care and they also protect the interests of people whose rights are restricted under the Mental Health Act. They routinely inspect our premises to quality check information we hold and the services we provide in line with the Health & Social Care Acts. This is designed to ensure that patients using services are protected and receive the care, treatment and support they need. These inspectors have the authority to access personal information without the permission of patients.
Sharing your records outside the EU
If your permanent address is outside the EU, or your treatment is continuing outside the EU, we may send details of your treatment to individuals based outside the EU specifically to promote your ongoing care. This would normally be the doctor who referred you to us for treatment. If you wish, we can give you the documents so that you have physical control over this information.
In the usual course of our business, we may use third parties to process and store your data on our behalf. We normally store your data on secure servers in the European Economic Area (EEA). Such processing is subject to contractual restrictions with regard to confidentiality and security in addition to the obligations imposed by the Data Protection Act 1998.
Exceptionally we may make use of our suppliers based outside the EEA for processing and storing your data. We have strict controls over how and why your data can be accessed. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this.
Where necessary we may transfer personal information overseas for processing to support the long- term effectiveness of treatment and monitor patient outcomes. Personal information will be processed in this way where it is not possible to achieve this purpose with the use of anonymised or pseudonymised information only.
How can I stop my information from being shared?
Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic is a clinical diagnostic and treatment service which acts to provide information principally for other health professionals who have requested this since they require further detailed investigations on their patients. So naturally we will normally need to share this information with your doctor who has referred you to our service.
If you do not want us to share your information with your GP, other healthcare providers or carers, please tell the team looking after you. But please note that not sharing your information may affect the care that can be provided for you.
You have the right to request that your confidential information is not used beyond your own care and treatment and to have your objections considered. Where your wishes cannot be followed you will be told the reasons including the legal basis. You may at any time withdraw any consent you have previously given to the Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic Ltd to process information about you. If you wish to exercise your right to opt-out, withdraw consent to use your information, or to speak to somebody to understand what impact this may have, please discuss your concerns with your clinician, or email to email@example.com, typing ‘Opt Out Request’ in the subject line of the email.
Your legal rights
The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic Ltd is the Data Controller of the data it holds about its patients and staff.
You have the right to confidentiality under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Common Law Duty of Confidentiality. The Equality Act 2010 may also apply.
You have the right to know what information we hold about you, what we use it for and if the information is to be shared, who it will be shared with.
You have the right to apply for access to the information we hold about you. Other people can also apply to access your health records on your behalf. These include anyone authorised by you in writing (such as a solicitor), or any person appointed by a court to manage your affairs where you cannot manage them yourself. Access covers:
- The right to obtain a copy of your record in permanent form;
- The right to have the information provided to you in a way you can understand, and explained where necessary, for example where abbreviations have been used. You would not be entitled to see information that:
- Has been provided about you by someone else if they haven’t given permission for you to see it
- Identifies another person who has not given permission for you to see the information about them
- Relates to criminal offences
- Is being used to detect or prevent crime
- Could cause physical or mental harm to you or someone else. If you are currently receiving services from us and wish to view the record without obtaining a copy, discuss your request with the clinician in charge of your care.
Obtaining a copy of your record
If you wish to apply for access to the information we hold about you. Please note:
You should send your request in writing to the Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic Ltd Data Protection Officer, details are in the Useful Contacts section
You should provide enough information to enable us to correctly identify your records, for example include your full name, address, date of birth, and NHS number (if known)
We will take every reasonable step to respond to you within 40 days of receiving your request
You may be required to provide a form of ID before any information is released to you. Once you receive your records, if you believe any information is inaccurate or incorrect, please inform us.
Data Protection Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
The Information Commissioner’s Office
Helpline: 08456 30 60 60