As a chiropractor I understand the importance of maintaining your privacy and keeping your personal information secure in compliance with the data protection laws. This policy sets out how I will treat your personal information. As an individual, I can be deemed both a data controller and data processor.
Personal health information, taken at the initial consultation, is needed to clinically assess and treat presenting problems and is held only in hard copy format. It is kept securely for eight years in compliance with the General Chiropractic Council guidelines, after which time it will be securely destroyed unless it is needed for ongoing chiropractic purposes. This information is not shared with anyone without your permission.
It is important that you keep this information up to date and keep me informed of any changes to medical history, address or contact details. This can be done when attending chiropractic clinic especially when not receiving regular treatment.
Under the General Data Protection Rules you have a right to access this information if required or to request it to be destroyed earlier than eight years if necessary.
Personal telephone numbers are kept in digital format on a mobile hand held device, which is pass code protected. Addresses may be kept in digital format only where necessary correspondence is made, receipts or doctors letters for example. These again are password protected with the necessary firewall protection.
I will not contact you for any reason other than when allowed, for appointment reminders or when sending receipts.
As a chiropractor I am registered with the ICO (Information Commissioners Office) where any complaints can be made.
In the rare events there are any breaches of information security you will be contacted without delay.
Parental permission will always be required before treating any child under the age of sixteeen.
We may disclose information about you for the following purposes:
To the extent that we are required to do so by law
In connection with any legal/ regulatory proceedings or prospective legal/ regulatory proceedings
For insurance purposes
In order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk)