What is GDPR?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulations and is a piece of legislation that superseded the Data Protection Act 1998 on Friday 25th May 2018. It not only applies to the UK and EU; it covers anywhere in the world in which data about EU citizens is processed.

The GDPR is similar to the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998 (which the Practice already complies with), but strengthens many of the DPA’s principles. The main changes are:

  • practices must comply with subject access requests
  • where we need your consent to process data, this consent must be freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous
  • there are new, special protections for patient data
  • the Information Commissioner’s Office must be notified within 72 hours of a data breach
  • higher fines for data breaches – up to 20 million euros

What GDPR will mean for Patients.

The GDPR sets out the key principles about processing personal data, for staff or patients;

  • data must be processed lawfully, fairly and transparently
  • it must be collected for specific, explicit and legitimate purposes
  • it must be limited to what is necessary for the purposes for which it is processed
  • information must be accurate and kept up to date
  • data must be held securely
  • it can only be retained for as long as is necessary for the reasons it was collected

There are also stronger rights for patients regarding the information that practices hold about them. These include;

  • being informed about how their data is used
  • patients to have access to their own data
  • patients can ask to have incorrect information changed
  • restrict how their data is used
  • move their patient data from one health organisation to another
  • the right to object their patient information being processed (in certain circumstances)

At Fordingbridge Surgery we use your data to:

  • book/cancel appointments
  • appointment reminders
  • direct contact to discuss treatment and appointments
  • referrals to hospitals/specialists with your consent
  • patient care

What is “patient data”?

Patient data is information that relates to a single person, such as his/her diagnosis, name, age, earlier medical history etc.

What is “consent”?

Consent is permission from a patient – an individual’s consent is defined as “any freely given specific and informed indication of his/her wishes by which the data subject signifies his/her agreement to personal data relating to him/her being processed.”

The changes in GDPR mean that we must get explicit permission from patients when using your data. This is to protect your right to privacy, and we may ask you to provide consent to do certain things, like contact you or record certain information about you for your clinical records.

Individuals also have the right to withdraw their consent at any time.

The latest version (V9 18062020)

Previous versions
Privacy Policy V1 - 25th May 2018
Privacy Policy V2 - 30th May 2018
Privacy Policy V3 - 15th Oct 2018
Privacy Policy V4 - 8th Feb 2019
Privacy Policy V5  - 28th Jun 2019
Privacy Policy V6 - 17th July 2019
Privacy Policy V7 - 12th March 2020
Privacy Policy V8 - 27th April 2020

Privacy Policy V9 - 18th June 2020