Data Protection Policy
Practice data protection code
of practice for patients Keeping
This practice complies with the 1998 Data Protection Act and this policy describes our procedures for ensuring that personal information about patients is processed fairly and lawfully.
What personal date do we hold?
To provide you with a high standard of dental care and attention, we need to hold personal information about you. This personal date includes:
- Your past and current medical and dental conditions; personal details such as your age, address, telephone numbers and your general medical practitioner.
- Dental radiographs, clinical photographs and study models.
- Information about treatment that we have provided or propose to provide and costs.
- Notes of conversations/incidents about your care, for which a record need to be kept
- Records of consent to treatment.
- Correspondence with other health care professionals relating to you, for example in the hospital or community services.
Why do we hold information about you?
We need to keep comprehensive and accurate personal data about our patients in order to provide them with safe and appropriate dental care. We also need to process personal data about you in order to provide care under NHS arrangements.
How we process the data
We will process personal data that we hold about you in the following way
We will retain your dental records while you are a practice patient and after you cease to be a patient, for at least 11 years or, for children until age 25, whichever is the longer.
Security of information
Personal data about you is held in 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.
Disclosure of information
To provide proper and safe dental care, we may need to disclose personal information about you to the following:
- Your general medical practitioner.
- The hospital or community dental services.
- Other health professionals caring for you.
- Private dental schemes of which you are a member.
- Care Quality Commission.
Disclosure will take place on a ‘need-to-know’ basis. Only those individuals/organisations who need to know in order to provide care to you or in order to ensure the proper administration of Government (whose personnel are covered by strict confidentiality rules) will be give the information. Only the information that the recipient needs to know will be disclosed.
In very limited circumstances or when required by law or a court order, personal date 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 of access to the data that we hold about you and to receive a copy. Access may be obtained by making a request in writing and the payment of a fee of up to £10 (for records held on computer) or £50 (for those held manually or for computer-held records with non-computer radiographs). We will provide a copy of the record within 40 days of receipt of the request and fee (where payable) and an explanation of your record should you require it.
If you do not agree
If you do not wish personal data that we hold about you to be disclosed or used in the way that is described in this Code of Practice, please discuss the matter with your dentist. You have the right to object, but this may affect our ability to provide you with dental care.