Anand Marshall Lic Ac, Dip Kampo, MBAcC MRCHM
(Why I collect personal data and what we do with it)
I take your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information to provide the services you have requested of me.
Why do I need to collect your personal data?
When you supply your personal details to me, it is stored and processed for 3 reasons (the bits in bold are the relevant terms used in the Data protection Act 2018, which includes the General Data Protection Regulation – i.e. the law):
1. I need to collect personal information about your health in order to provide you with the best possible treatment. Your request of a treatment constitutes a contract. You can, of course, refuse to provide the information, but if you were to do that I would not be able to provide treatment.
2. I have a “Legitimate Interest” in collecting that information, because without it I couldn’t do my job effectively and safely.
3. I also think that it is important that I can contact you in order to confirm your appointments with me or to update you on matters related to your medical care. This again constitutes “Legitimate Interest”, but this time it is your legitimate interest.
I have a legal obligation to retain your records for 7 years after your most recent appointment (or if you are under the age of 18 years until you are 21 years old), but after this period you can ask me to delete your records if you wish. Otherwise, I will confidentially delete your medical notes.
Your records are stored:
• On paper, in locked filing cabinets and the offices are always locked out of working hours.
• On my office computer in the case of correspondence, referral letters, invoices etc. These are password-protected, backed up regularly, and the office(s) are locked out of working hours.
We will never share your data with anyone who does not need access without your written consent. Only the following people/agencies will have routine access to your data:
• From time to time, we may have to employ consultants to perform tasks which might give them access to your personal data (but not your medical notes). I will ensure that they are fully aware that they must treat that information as confidential, and we will ensure that they sign a non-disclosure agreement.
You have the right to see what personal data of yours we hold, and you can also ask me to correct any factual errors. Provided the legal minimum period has elapsed, you can also ask me to erase your records.
We want you to be absolutely confident that we are treating your personal data responsibly, and that we are doing everything we can to make sure that the only people who can access that data have a genuine need to do so.
Of course, if you feel that I am mishandling your personal data in some way, you have the right to complain. Complaints need to be sent to what is referred to in the jargon as the “Data Controller”. Here are the details you need for that: Data Controller, Anand Marshall, If you are not satisfied with the response, then you have the right to raise the matter with the Information Commissioner’s Office.