What are your........Data Protection and Consent policy?
Do I have to give you my personal medical details?
While the full extent of COVID-19's global impact is yet unknown, we at LFS are taking precautionary measures to protect ourselves and our patients.
it is important to stay updated on health guidelines from trusted organisations like the NHS government response to coronavirus on GOV.UK. the World Health Organization, or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ensure you are only getting information from reliable sources to avoid spreading misinformation.
We at LFS are continuing to provide our customers with what they need during this period, a Home Visiting foot health service from university qualified podiatrists.
We advise our customers to look out for common symptoms of the coronavirus like a dry cough, shortness of breath and/or fever. Create a good hygiene habitat, work from home if possible and only travel when it is very urgent or important.
We are here for you, telephone us for any help big or small.
G.D.P.R. (General Data Protection Regulation) at April 2018
GENERAL DATA PROTECTION CONSENT AND INFORMATION
As a provider of a Medical Services - Amanda Mawudoku and other Podiatrists (www.londonfootspecialist.co.uk) are required to record details of all patients we treat this includes consent, medical information and medical history etc. along with your general demographic details on paper documents only. Permission from a parent or someone holding parental responsibility is required for all patients under the age of 16.
For all instances where an Adults with Incapacity Document (A.W.I. Section 47) is in place this will require to be viewed and copied before we can provide treatment. In order that we can provide treatment the A.W.I. Section 47 form must include specific reference to allowing treatment for Podiatry or by Allied Health Professionals A.H.P.’s. If the A.W.I. does not specifically state the above a new updated version must be provided before any treatment can commence.
We are required by law to take a medical questionnaire and retain medical records for a minimum time of 7 years after the last full year since treatment. (Timescales vary due to circumstances such as age at first treatment and mental health capacity.) Part of your assessment process is to take before and after photographs.
Clinical photographs are vital to illustrate clinical findings, or periodic operative steps or postoperative results. This enhances and livens up mundane words of text, a pictures speaks a 1000 words. Photographs are not a one-way process the patient also reaps the benefits. They see their on-going progress and we both monitor the treatment plan's success. We do not see the patient as an interesting subject, an unusual finding but a living and feeling human being. We are aware that an informed consent is required for clinical photography just like any other procedure?
Privacy for our patients' for his/her health condition is nonnegotiable. Health information is amongst the most sensitive and personal information that individuals possess. Patients must be able to trust their clinicians, podiatrist with their lives and well-being. Our patients need to feel more than reassured that their health records are safe with us. Besides caring for our patients, we always respect their dignity and privacy and protect their confidential information.
Photographs of patients only contain their legs, feet and toes.
Your Right to be Forgotten cannot over ride the requirement for medical notes to be held for the above mentioned minimum retention period.
We will not use your information for any other purpose than providing our podiatry and therapy services and where required liasing with other medical professionals to assist in your care for example your General Practitioner.
Your information will not be sold to any third party.
You have the right to request a copy of any information we hold about you. This can be obtained by submitting a written request. We may levy a charge to cover the cost of providing such information.
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If you are not happy for this information to be retained, we unfortunately will be unable to provide you with any podiatry or therapy care.
Information Commissioners Office
Amanda Mawudoku BSc (Hons) Podiatric Medicine MSc ISM SRCh. SofCP. Masters