Who we are
Our website address is: https://varnapigmentation.com.
Your privacy is important to us.
- We will collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned.
- Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.
- We will collect and use personal information solely for fulfilling those purposes specified by us and for other ancillary purposes, unless we obtain the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law.
- Personal data should be relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be accurate, complete, and up-to-date.
- We will protect personal information by using reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.
- We will make readily available to customers information about our policies and practices relating to the management of personal information.
- We will only retain personal information for as long as necessary for the fulfilment of those purposes.
We collect information to process your order, deal with your queries, guide and enhance your online experience, supply you with information in which you have expressed an interest and for record keeping. We are committed to protecting your privacy and will only use your information in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018.
WHAT ARE COOKIES?
Please note that cookies can’t harm your computer. We don’t store personally identifiable information such as credit card details in cookies we create, but we do use encrypted information gathered from them to help improve your experience of the site. For example, they help us to identify and resolve errors, or to determine relevant related products to show you when you’re browsing. Each browser is different, so check the ‘Managing cookies’ information below of your particular browser (or your mobile phone’s handset manual) to learn how to change your cookie preferences.
We’re giving you this information as part of our initiative to comply with relevant legislation, and to make sure we’re honest and clear about your privacy when using our website.
COOKIES WE STORE
Purpose: These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT COOKIES
If you’d like to learn more about cookies in general and how to manage them, visit aboutcookies.org (opens in a new window – please note that we can’t be responsible for the content of external websites).
If you go on to a web page that contains embedded content, for example from Google, you may be sent cookies from these websites. We don’t control the setting of these cookies, so we suggest you check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.
If you take the opportunity to ‘share’ content with friends through social networks – such as Facebook and Twitter – you may be sent cookies from these websites. We don’t control the setting of these cookies, so please check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.
If cookies aren’t enabled on your computer, it will mean that your shopping experience on our website will be limited to browsing and researching; you won’t be able to add products to your basket and buy them.
TO ENABLE COOKIES
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PRIVACY NOTICE FOR OUR PATIENTS/SERVICE USERS
HOW WE USE AND SHARE YOUR INFORMATION TO HELP YOU
We need to keep a record of the care you receive to ensure that:
- Professionals involved in your care have accurate and up-to-date information
- We have all the information necessary for assessing your needs and providing excellent care
- Your concerns can be properly investigated if you raise a complaint
- Accurate information about you is available if you:
- Move to another area
- Need to use another service
- See a different healthcare professional.
We have a duty to:
- Maintain full and accurate records of the care we provide to you
- Ensure that your records are confidential, secure and accurate
- Provide a copy at your request that is an accessible format (e.g. in large type if you are partially sighted).
- Your record may include some or all of the following:
- Your name, address and date of birth
- Your email address and telephone number
- Contacts we have had with you, such as appointment
- Notes and reports on your health
- Details of treatment and care, images and test results
- Information on medicines, side effects and allergies
- Relevant information from people who care for you and know you well, such as health professionals and relatives.
- The staff who see you may also add notes on their professional opinion.
If you wish us to, and it is practical, we will discuss and agree with you what we are going to enter on your record and show you what we have recorded.
IDENTIFYING YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL
We have many patients/service users with similar names so it vitally important for all patients/service users to be properly identified as individuals. In order to be absolutely sure that you have been correctly identified we may ask you for a number of pieces of information. Suitable items include:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Passport as photo ID
- Driving licence as photo ID
- Permanent (home, not a temporary) address
- Email address
- Contact number
HOW YOU CAN HELP US TO KEEP YOUR HEALTH RECORD ACCURATE
- Let us know when you change address, telephone number or name
- Tell us if any information in your record is incorrect
- Give your consent so that we can share information about you with other health professionals to make sure you receive the right healthcare
- Tell us if you change your mind about how we share the information in your record.
HOW THE VARNA PIGMENT SPECIALISTs USES YOUR CONTACT DETAILS
We take your privacy seriously so please let us know how you want us to contact you.
- It is important for us to have a valid contact number for you. We may ring, leave a message or text you with information relevant to your treatment such as appointment confirmation, pre-care advice and post-treatment follow-up. Please let us know if you do not wish to be contacted by telephone.
- It is important for us to have a valid email address for you. We use this to send information relevant to your treatment such as appointment confirmation, pre-care information and aftercare advice. We may also use your email to send you a regular newsletter about the clinic and our services; however, you can opt out of this if you do not wish to receive this.
- Please read the following before providing us with your email address.
- Video Consultation
- Emails can be quick and convenient and will allow you to keep a record (unlike a phone call). However, although our own systems are secure, it may be possible to intercept your email when it is being sent over the internet.
- Be aware also that if you share your computer others may read your emails.
- You could use email to contact staff in relation to a query or to ask about an appointment.
- Do not give more personal information than we need to process your request.
- Do not ask us to send you medical details that you would not want seen by other people.
If you have an urgent question or feel unwell after going home after treatment contact us with the number on our website or send an email to us or an emergency service e.g. 111 NHS emergency service or 999 for life threatening conditions by telephone.
HOW YOUR RECORDS ARE KEPT
Our guiding principle is that we hold your records in strict confidence.
The Varna Pigment Specialist is registered under the Data Protection Act 2018. It abides by the law and observes good practice in maintaining confidentiality and appropriate information security.
We will fulfil its obligations under this Act to the fullest extent, including ensuring that the following eight principles governing the processing of personal data are observed.
- personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully;
- personal data shall be obtained only for specified and lawful purposes, and shall not be processed in any manner incompatible with those purposes;
- personal data shall be adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to the purposes for which it is processed;
- personal data shall be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date;
- personal data shall be kept for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which it is processed;
- personal data shall be processed in accordance with the rights of data subjects under the Act;
- personal data shall be subject to appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect against unauthorised or unlawful processing and accidental loss, destruction or damage;
- personal data shall not be transferred to a country or territory outside the European Economic Area unless that country or territory ensures an adequate level of data protection
Information about you and the services you receive may be held in a number of formats and will be kept for the specific retention periods outlined by the relevant professional bodies. We use secure electronic systems to store user records, images and details of prescriptions. Patient data held on paper or disk will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act and destroyed using secure documented procedures after the time periods set out by the Department of Health.
HOW YOUR RECORDS ARE USED
We use your records to:
- Ensure that any treatment or advisory services we provide to you are based on accurate information.
- Work effectively with other services providing you with treatment or advice.
- Monitor the quality of our care and help us to understand the outcomes of care.
- Investigate any concerns or complaints you or your family have about your health care.
- Provide information that is needed for financial transactions in relation to payment for treatment, such as billing. For private patients/service users this may include details shared with your insurance company. If you have any concerns about this, please contact your insurer.
We may remove your name and other details that could identify you so that we can use the information in your record anonymously to:
- Monitor and improve the quality of care received by patients/service users
- Protect the health of the general public, for example we may share anonymous and aggregated patient information with organisations such as the National Institute for Clinical Excellence and the Cancer Registry for research or statistical purposes
- Train and educate staff.
Wherever possible, we anonymise your data or use a quasi- identifier such as a patient number.
SHARING YOUR HEALTH RECORD
The Varna Pigment Specialist has a designated Information Lead/Data Protection Officer who is responsible for protecting the confidentiality of patient information and making sure that information is shared where this is appropriate.
To make sure you receive all the care and treatment you need, we may need to share the information in your health record with other staff and organisations. This could include:
- Other healthcare professionals, such as doctors, pharmacists, and pathology and radiology staff involved in the analysis and reporting of diagnostic tests
- Other hospitals and private sector organisations involved in your care
- Local authority departments
- Voluntary organisations providing on-going support
- Administrative support staff
Note that anyone who receives information from us also has a legal duty to keep it confidential.
We may also share information that identifies you where:
- You ask us to do so
- We ask for specific permission and you agree to this
- We are required to do this by law
- We have special permission because we believe that the reasons for sharing are so important
that they override our obligation of confidentiality (e.g. to prevent someone from being seriously harmed).
- We do not give the names and addresses of patients/service users to other organisations except under the circumstances described in this Privacy Notice. Unless you have signed an additional consent, we will not contact you after your visit for purposes other than:
- up of care
- your views about your stay with us
- of any account that may be due, if appropriate
- Complaints and concerns handling.
Sometimes we have a legal duty to provide information about people; examples are reporting some infectious diseases, and when a court order instructs us to do so. Records may also be shared without the patient’s consent in exceptional situations, such as to safeguard adults or children.
Where necessary we may transfer personal information overseas for processing to support the long- term effectiveness of treatment and monitor patient outcomes. Personal information will be processed in this way where it is not possible to achieve this purpose with the use of anonymised or pseudonymised information only.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS
The Varna Pigment Specialist is the Data Controller of the data it holds about its patients/service users and staff.
You have the right to confidentiality under the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA), the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Common Law Duty of Confidentiality. The Equality Act 2010 may also apply.
You have the right to know what information we hold about you, what we use it for and if the information is to be shared, who it will be shared with.
You have the right to apply for access to the information we hold about you. Other people can also apply to access your health records on your behalf. These include anyone authorised by you in writing (such as a solicitor), or any person appointed by a court to manage your affairs where you cannot manage them yourself. Access covers:
- The right to obtain a copy of your record in permanent form;
- The right to have the information provided to you in a way you can understand, and explained
where necessary, for example where abbreviations have been used. You would not be entitled to see information that:
- Has been provided about you by someone else if they haven’t given permission for you to see it
- Identifies another person who has not given permission for you to see the information about them
- Relates to criminal offences
- Is being used to detect or prevent crime
- Could cause physical or mental harm to you or someone else.
If you are currently receiving services from us and wish to view the record without obtaining a copy, discuss your request with the professional in charge of your care.
OBTAINING A COPY OF YOUR RECORD
If you wish to apply for access to the information we hold about you:
- You should send your request in writing to us.
- You should provide enough information to enable us to correctly identify your records, for example include your full name, address, date of birth, any unique identifier number.
- We will take every reasonable step respond to you within 40 days of receiving your request
- You may be required to provide a form of ID before any information is released to you.
Once you receive your records, if you believe any information is inaccurate or incorrect, please inform us.
The Varna Pigment Specialist is committed to providing a safe, comfortable environment where patients and staff can be confident that best practice is being followed at all times and the safety of everyone is of paramount importance.
We recommend that all patients are seen at some point during the consultation process alone with our clinician, to ensure patients are free to express any concerns or worries in their own words and without fear of coercion or threat from any accompanying individual. However, all patients are entitled to have a chaperone present for any consultation, examination or procedure where they feel one is required.
Regardless of gender of the patient or clinician, you will be offered the option of having an impartial observer (chaperone) present for any intimate examination. Our trained staff routinely undertake this role and will:
- Be sensitive and respect your dignity and confidentiality
- Reassure you in the event of distress or discomfort
- Be familiar with the procedures involved
- Stay for the whole examination and be able to see what the clinician is doing, if practical
- Be prepared to raise concerns if they are concerned about the clinician’s behaviour or actions.
Your healthcare professional may also require and request a chaperone to be present for certain consultations in accordance with our chaperone policy.