Privacy Notice to Patients | Dental Treatments | Floss and Smile

Privacy Policy for Patients
Code of Practice

This privacy policy sets out how Floss & Smile uses and protects any information that you give when you use this website.

The practice is committed to complying with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), GDC and other standards.
The practice only keeps relevant information about employees for the purposes of employment, and about patients to provide them with safe and appropriate dental care.

The person responsible for Data Protection is Mr Hardeep Singh Johar
This Privacy Notice is available on the practice website at www.flossandsmile.co.uk, at reception, by email if you contact info@flossandsmile.co.uk or by calling 01525223175

Our legal basis for processing data is:

  • Consent
  • Processing is necessary for the performance of our care for patients

The health care data we process is called special data, our legal basis for processing it is:

  • Processing is necessary for the purposes of preventative or occupational medicine, for assessing the working capacity of the employee, medical diagnosis, the provision of health or social care or treatment or management of health or social care systems and services on the basis of Union or Member State law or a contract with a health professional.”
  • Hard copy and computerised records are stored, reviewed and updated securely and confidentially. Records are securely destroyed when no longer required. Confidential information is only seen by personnel who need to see it and the team are trained on our policies and procedures to keep patient information confidential.
  • To facilitate patients’ health care, the personal information may be disclosed to a dentist, doctor, health care professional, hospital, HMRC, or private dental schemes of which the patient is a member and CQC has powers under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 to access and use information where they consider this is necessary for them to carry out their functions as a regulator. Where possible inspectors will explain why they are asking to look at certain records. They will consider any concerns and objections raised to them, and whether they can achieve CQC’s purpose by accessing the records of someone else.
  • However, CQC relies on its legal powers to access information rather than consent, therefore may use its powers to access records even in cases where objections have been raised.
    More detail on how CQC ensure compliance with data protection law (including GDPR) and their privacy statement is available on their website https://www.cqc.org.uk/about-us/our-policies/privacy-statement
  • In all cases only relevant is shared. In very limited cases, such as for identification purposes, or if required by law, information may have to be shared with a party not involved in the patient’s health care. In all other cases, information is never disclosed to such a third party without the patient’s written authority.
  • All confidential information is sent via secure methods. Electronic communications and stored data are encrypted. All computerised clinical records are backed up and encrypted copies are kept off-site.
  • No information or comments about patients are posted on social networking or blogging sites.
  • Access is strictly controlled and limited to persons who need to have access to information in the course of their duties.
What personal information do we need to hold?
  • We need to hold your past and present medical & dental condition. Details such as your age, address, telephone number and your general medical practitioner.
  • We will need to take and store Radiographs, clinical photographs and study models.
  • We will need to keep information about the treatment we have proposed and provided along with its price.
  • Notes of conversations or incidents that might occur for which a record needs to be kept.
  • Records of permission or consent for treatment.
  • Any correspondence relating to you with other health care professionals, for example in the hospital or community services.
Why do we hold this information?

We keep accurate personal data about patients in order to provide you with appropriate and safe dental care. We also need to process personal data about you and to ensure proper management and administration.

Retaining Information

We are required to retain your dental records, X-rays and study models while you are a patient of this practice and after you cease to be a patient for a minimum of 11 years after completion of treatment and for a max of upto 30 years. For children records are retained until the child reaches the age of 25 or for a min of 11 years after the completion of treatment, whichever is longer.

Security

Information about you is stored in Floss & Smile Dental Practice’s computer system and/or in a secure manual filing system. The information is only accessible to authorised personnel.
Personal information will not be removed from this practice without the patients authorised consent.
Your personal information is protected by the staff at Edlesborough Dental Practice.
All access to information is held securely and can only be accessed by password.
Data is encrypted, and computer terminals are password protected when unattended.

This includes:

  • Password protection
  • Locked cabinets/rooms
  • Practice security systems (including CCTV)
  • Virus protection
  • Secure servers
  • Back-up facilities
  • Secure cloud-based storage
Access

You have a right to access the information that we hold about you and to receive a copy.
You can make a request by contacting your practice or by e-mailing Mr H.S. Johar: edpweb@gmail.com

Rectification

You have a right to correct any information that you believe is inaccurate or incomplete.
Please contact your practice to request a change in information.

Erasure

You have a right to request that we delete your personal information, although you should be aware that, for legal reasons, we may be unable to erase certain information (for example, information about your dental treatment). Please contact your practice to make this request.

Restriction

You have the right to request us to restrict the processing of your personal information for example, sending you reminders for appointments or information about our service. Please contact your practice to make this request.

Portability

You have a right to data portability, this could include supplying your information to another dentist. Please contact your practice to make this request.

Concerns

If you have any concerns about how we use your information and you do not feel able to discuss it with your dentist or anyone at the practice, you can contact our Data Protection Officer, Mr Hardeep S. Johar via email info@flossandsmile.co.uk or by writing to or visiting the practice at Floss and Smile Dental Practice. We take complaints very seriously.

If you are unhappy with our response or if you need any advice you should contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Their telephone number is 0303 123 1113, you can also chat online with an advisor. The ICO can investigate your claim and take action against anyone who’s misused personal data. You can also visit their website for information on how to make a data protection complaint.

We may need to disclose your information. In order to provide proper and safe dental care to:
  • Other health professionals caring for you including but not limited to your general medical practitioner and the hospital or community dental services.
  • The Inland Revenue.
  • Private dental schemes of which you are a member.

Disclosure will take place when relevant at a need to know basis. This means only those individuals or organisations that need to know in order to provide care to you and for the proper administration of Government will be given this information. Only information that the recipient needs to know will be disclosed.

In very limited circumstances or when required by law of a court order, personal data may have to be disclosed to a third party not connected with your health care. In all other situations, disclosure that is not covered by this Code of Practice will only occur when we have your specific consent. Where possible you will be informed of these requests for disclosure.

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Copyright 2021 by Floss and Smile. All rights reserved.