Your personal information is very important to you and to us at The Mathews Practice. The way your information is collected, retained and used has changed substantially over the years with the development of new technologies and as such the laws that govern the use of a person’s personal data are also changing to encompass these developments.
This new General Data Protection Regulations are more specific about how personal information can be processed. It is also much more detailed about organisations governance responsibilities ensuring they assess any information risk and put appropriate security measures in place.
The new regulations place a number of requirements across 6 key principles.
- Transparency, fairness and lawfulness in the handling and use of personal data.
- Limiting the processing of personal data to specified, explicit and legitimate purposes.
- Minimising the collection and storage of personal data.
- Ensuring accuracy of personal data and enabling it to be erased or rectified.
- Limiting the storage of personal data.
- Ensuring security, integrity and confidentiality of personal data.
As a result of this we are able to:
- Identify stores of personal data,
- Govern the creation, management and access of personal data
- Establish controls to protect personal data and prevent breaches
- Maintain required documentation, manage requests and notify data breaches
Rest assured, robust data security and confidentiality has always been a crucial part of everything we do as a health care provider.
The new General Data Protection Regulations support your right to have your privacy respected and your data protected. It gives you easier access to the personal information the we hold about you, and the ways in which we process it, including if you wish to check or change it. It is designed to give you confidence that this information is accurate, up to date and well managed.
Privacy Notices will be displayed and given to Patients, staff or other individuals regarding how we intend to use and store their personal Information.
A copy of our Patient Privacy Notice can be found here - GDPR - Privacy Notice
Under the General Data Protection Regulations you can see or have copies of your records. This is known as a Subject Access Request and you may submit a subject access request by speaking to one of our receptionists who will explain the process and provide the forms required for you to complete.