Bure Valley Osteopaths is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.
Bure Valley Osteopaths may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from August 2015. Last updated May 2018.
We need to collect personal information about your health in order to provide you with the best possible treatment. Your requesting treatment and our agreement to provide care that constitutes a contract. You can, of course, refuse to provide the information, but if you were to do that we would not be able to provide treatment.
We have a "Legitimate Interest" in collecting that information, because without it we couldn't do our job effectively and safely.
We also think that it is important that we can contact you in order to confirm your appointments with us or to update you on matters related to your medical care. This again constitutes to "Legitimate Interest", but this time it is your legitimate interest.
Provided we have your consent, we may occasionally send you general health information in the form of articles, special offers, advice or newsletters. You may withdraw this consent at any time - just let us know by any convenient method.
We have a legal obligation to retain your records for 8 years after your most recent appointment (or age 25, if this is longer,) but after this period you can ask us to delete your records if you wish. Otherwise, we will retain your records indefinitely in order that we can provide you with the best possible care should you need to see us at some future date.
On paper, in locked filing cabinets, and the offices are always locked and alarmed out of working hours.
Electronically ("in the cloud"), using a specialist medical records service. This provider has given us their assurances that they are fully compliant with the General Data Protection Regulations. Access to this data is password protected, and the the passwords are changed regularly.
On our office computers. These are password-protected, backed up regularly, and the offices are locked and alarmed 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:
The medical record server who store and process our files
Your practitioner in order that they can provide you with treatment
Our Reception staff, because they organise our practitioner's diary, and coordinate appointments and reminders (but they do not have access to your medical history or sensitive personal information)
Other administrative staff, such as our bookkeeper. Again, administrative staff will not have access to your medical notes, just your essential contact details
We also use Mailchimp to coordinate our messages, so your name and email address may be saved on their server.
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). We will ensure that they are fully aware that they must treat the information as confidential, and we will ensure that they sign a non-disclosure agreement.
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We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
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Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.
You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways: