Data Protection Privacy Notice

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 & dental condition; personal details such as your age, address, telephone numbers, email address & medical practitioner details
  • Radiographs, clinical photographs & study models
  • Information about treatment we have provided or propose and it's 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 your dentists and specialists, with health care professionals, for example, anaesthetists and those 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 & appropriate dental care.


Retaining information 

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 11 years or until age 25, whichever is longer.


Security

Your information is held in the practice's computer system and on our dental management system called 'Dentally', a secure cloud based dental system. The information is only accessible to authorised personnel. Personal information will not be removed from this practice without the patient's authorised consent.

Your Personal information is carefully protected by the staff at this practice. All access to information is held securely and is password protected and regularly backed-up. Data is encrypted and computer terminals are closed if unattended.


Why we may need to disclose your information.

In order to provide proper and safe care to:
  • Your dental practitioner, general medical practitioner and to the anaesthetist's office if you request sedation
  • Other health professionals caring for you
  • Private dental schemes of which you are a member
  • If you appoint a third party to make appointments on your behalf - we will require your consent in advance and will disclose only the information necessary to manage your appointments.

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 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.


Access to your records

You have the right of access to the data that we hold about you and to receive a copy. Parents may access their child's records if this is in the child's best interests and not contrary to a competent child's wishes. Formal applications for access must be in writing to the Practice Manager.


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 dental practitioner. You have the right to object; however this may affect our ability to provide you with dental care.
You have a right to withdraw your consent at any time, however this will not be retrospective.