3 Way Healthcare is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Please be assured that any information you provide when using this website or when you visit 3 Way Healthcare will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.
3 Way Healthcare is registered with the Data Protection Agency and we have recently reviewed our policies and procedures to ensure that the handling of patient data fully complies with the new General Data Protection Regulations which come into force on 25th May 2018.
What information do we hold?
We hold a combination of personal contact and medical information on patients.
Contact information includes the following:
- Full name and date of birth
- Contact address
- Email and telephone numbers
- Other information relevant to any enquiry submitted via our website
Medical information may be a combination of relevant details provided by a referring GP or consultant, clinical notes compiled by the physiotherapist, and information collected directly from the patient through our consent form and subsequent consultations.
We do not collect or store any bank or credit card details at any time.
Why do we hold data, and how do we use it?
The information held is exclusively for the purpose of communicating with and managing the treatment of our patients, and therefore in the legitimate interest of providing safe and effective healthcare.
Communication information is used to arrange appointments and send reminders, and may also be used occasionally to provide more generic healthcare information, to elicit feedback to help us improve the service we provide, or to respond to any patient enquiry.
Medical information is held as part of your secure and confidential medical records to document and track treatments. This may include:
- Referral documentation and background supplied by your GP or consultant
- Relevant medical history and documented conditions
- Assessments carried out by your therapist
- Details of each treatment, with associated outcomes
- Exercise regimes prescribed as part of your treatment
- Discharge reports
How long will we hold information?
As part of legislated best practice, we are obliged to hold records for a minimum of 7 years following treatment. At that point any physical information held will be securely shredded, unless relevant to ongoing treatment.
Who might we share information with?
Information will only be shared with other medical professionals involved in the provision of medical care – in general your GP, consultant or private medical insurance company. For NHS patients a report on your treatment and outcomes will be sent to your GP when you are discharged.
3 Way Healthcare will not provide data to any third parties unless we are compelled to do so by law. We will never sell data for marketing or analysis purposes.
How do we ensure the security of information?
We take steps to ensure the security of patient data, and all 3 Way Healthcare employees are subject to confidentiality agreements and are trained to ensure compliance with our security policies.
All electronic data is held in systems requiring secure log in and with password protection. Paper based information is held within our secure clinic environment, which is alarmed outside clinical hours. Any information transferred outside of the clinic will either use secure encrypted email systems or secure tamper proof document pouches.
What are my rights to the information held?
Under the new GDPR legislation, the individual’s rights with regard to the data held have been increased, such that you now have:
- The right to access – you have the right to see or have copies of your personal information. A small fee may be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to 3 Way Healthcare Limited, 11 Headley Road, Woodley, Reading, Berkshire RG5 4JB, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The right to request that your personal information be rectified – it is important that information we hold is correct and updated, for example, if contact details change.
- The right to erasure – whilst generally GDPR allows the individual the right to have their information deleted unless there is compelling reasons not to do so, there is a general exemption with regard to healthcare information as it may be vital to the patient’s healthcare
- The right to restrict processing – we do not carry out any processing on the data we hold
- The right to data portability – you have the right to have a copy of your information in a useful form for potential transfer for use elsewhere. This is unlikely to be relevant in the healthcare world, but as with the right to access a small fee may be payable, and you should write to 3 Way Healthcare Limited, 11 Headley Road, Woodley, Reading, Berkshire RG5 4JB, or email us at email@example.com
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