Your personal information - How we look after and safeguard information about you.
Protecting your information
We aim to provide you with the highest quality of dental care. To do this we need to keep records about you, your health and the care we have provided or plan to provide to you. We know that you value your privacy and the security of personal information held about you.
Information recorded about you may include:
- Basic details, such as address, date of birth, next of kin
- Details and clinical records about your dental treatment, health history and medical treatment
- Records of medicines you have been prescribed by your dentist or another qualified prescriber
- Information relevant to your continued care from other people who care for you and know you well, such as other health professionals and relatives
The information held about you will not be shared for any reason, unless:
- You ask us to do so
- We ask and you give us specific permission
- We are required by law, for example prescribers must be notified where a patient presents a repeat prescription and the pharmacist becomes aware of clinically significant issues arising in connection with that prescription
- We are permitted by law, for example where public interest overrides the need to keep the information confidential
Anyone who receives information from us also has a legal duty to keep this information confidential, subject to recognised exceptions of the types listed above.
Your right to view your clinical records
You have the right to view the original of your clinical records free of charge. If you request a copy, a charge will be due in accordance with the Data Protection Policy. Your request must be made in writing to the Practice Manager and the payment enclosed. A copy will be provided within 40 working days.
You have the right to confidentiality. All dental healthcare personnel have a requirement under their professional code of ethics to keep records about you confidential, secure and accurate.
All of our staff contracts of employment contain a requirement to keep patient information confidential.