Information Management, Record Keeping & Patient Privacy
To provide and maintain an environment where all information and disclosures regarding patients and patient care is kept confidential and within legal parameters at all times. Those procedures will comply with The Data Protection Act 1998, Access to Medical Records Act 1990 and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (effective from 25/05/2018).
It is the policy of Drummond Hearing that no information will be discussed outside of Drummond Hearing’s employment unless consent is given. Any records required to be kept under current legislation are retained for the relevant periods prescribed in the legislation.
Where data is to be destroyed, paper records are shredded and disposed of appropriately. Electronic records are deleted or archived, which restricts all access.
Drummond Hearing ensures that there is a records policy for the creation, management, handling, storage and destruction of all records that ensures that records are managed and stored securely in accordance with GDPR.
Any records required to be kept under current legislation are retained for the relevant periods as prescribed by GDPR.
All records are stored electronically on a patient management system. Any hard copies are destroyed immediately after the relevant information has been transferred to the electronic database.
Drummond Hearing is responsible for your records when receiving audiological consultation, examination, irrigation, fitting of hearing instruments and diagnostic procedures.
Use of Information
In addition to retaining records to meet and maintain your audiological needs, other purposes for the retention of data could include the following:
Information to assist in treatment received from 3rd parties such as medical consultants and doctors.
Information received from relatives or friends with prior approval.
Information about changes or improvements to our services which will help us consider and assess your audiological needs.
Information to assist Drummond Hearing to assess your audiological needs from an appropriate and legitimate 3rd party. This could involve contact with an insurance company to seek information on your behalf. We may also use your personal information to provide you with information about products or services which are relevant to you, where you have provided consent for us to do so.
Financial information such as credit cards, bank accounts, and insurance policy details relevant to provision of audiological services.
Individual Rights for Patients
When seeking and agreeing to treatment at Drummond Hearing, we will advise you of your individual rights.
Individual rights include providing you with complete confidentiality with regard to your data. We will also provide access to information when requested, transfer information to another source, or delete all records upon request.
We are also committed to providing our reasons for collecting personal information to meet and maintain your audiological needs, subject to continued agreement.
Enquiries and Complaints
Where possible all enquiries should be raised in writing.
If you have a complaint about how your data has been processed please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Drummond Hearing will acknowledge receipt of all complaints and endeavour to investigate the complaint within twenty working days. Complaints by post should be directed to: Drummond Hearing, Audiology department, Bupa Cromwell Hospital 164-178 Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0TU.
Report of any Breach
Drummond Hearing recognise that a personal data breach is any breach of security leading to the destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of, or access to personal data.
We are committed to report any data breach where it is likely to result in a risk to your rights or freedoms which, if not addressed, could cause a ‘significant detrimental effect’.
Drummond Hearing will, after assessing the facts of any alleged breach, report the nature of the breach to the Information Commissioners Office, within 72 hours. You will be informed when any breach is reported.
Medical consultants who see you at Bupa Cromwell Hospital are responsible for their own information management, record keeping and patient privacy.
Data collected from any Drummond Hearing websites
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have in place appropriate physical, and electronic procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
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Links to other websites
Our websites may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over those other websites. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites, and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.
Last updated on 1 July 2019
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