Our optical practices and their staff are members of your local healthcare team.
They aim to provide you with the highest quality of healthcare. To do this they 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 may include:
As part of providing a professional, safe and efficient service, there is certain information that we record. This includes details about your ocular health, your general health, advice given and referrals made to other health professionals.This information won’t be shared with anyone else except under the circumstances described below in ‘Sharing Information’.
The information held about you will not be shared for any reason, unless:
The types of people we may ask you for permission to share information with include your doctors (GP and hospital) and other health professionals.
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.
You have the right to confidentiality under the Data Protection Act 1998, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the common law duty of confidence (the Disability Discrimination and the Race Relations Acts may also apply).
We also comply with the NHS Code of Practice on Confidentiality and optical practices 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.
Our guiding principle is that we hold your records in strict confidence.
You have the right to ask for a copy of all our records about you.
There may be a charge to have a printed copy of the information held about you. Your request must be made in writing to the optical practice holding your information. We are required to respond to your request within 40 days.
You will need to give adequate information in order for optical staff to identify you (for example, full name, address and date of birth).
If you think any information we hold on you is inaccurate or incorrect, please let us know