(Why I collect your personal data and what I do with it.)
When you supply your personal details to me I store and process them for 4 reasons (the words in bold are the relevant terms used in the Data Protection Act 2018, which includes the General Data Protection Regulation):
- I need to collect personal information about your health in order to provide you with the best possible treatment. Your requesting treatment and my agreeing to provide that care constitutes a contract. You can, of course, refuse to provide the information but if you do that I will not be able to provide treatment.
- I have a legitimate interest in collecting that information, because without it I could not do my job effectively and safely.
- I also think that it is important that I can contact you in order to confirm your appointments with me or to update you on matters related to your medical care. This again constitutes legitimate interest, but this time it is your legitimate interest.
- Provided I have your consent I may occasionally send you general health information in the form of articles, advice or newsletters. You may withdraw this consent at any time – just let me know by any convenient method.
I have a legal obligation to retain your records for 8 years after your most recent appointment (or age 25, if this is longer), but after this period you can ask me to delete your records if you wish. Otherwise, I will retain your records indefinitely in order that I can provide you with the best possible care should you need to see me at some future date.
Your records are stored on paper, in files, in my home.
I will never share your data with anyone without your written consent.
You can download a copy of this Privacy Notice here.