As a patient of The MediCentre we will collect information about you for identification purposes. We will need to record basic information such as your name/ surname and your date of birth. This is so we and other people in your care can successfully identify you. We will also ask for your phone number and address. This is so we can contact you if needed.
We will also need to collect information about your health. The doctor or nurse will be the person who will seek this during your consultation. The doctor or nurse may also record other information not directly related to your heath but information that will assist in your health treatment or information used for preventive health. Information such as gender, marital status, number of children you have, your nationality, your employment status, religion, family health issues; they all may be recorded by the doctor, nurses or administrative staff of The MediCentre. Our policy is only to collect and record information about you that helps in your treatment.
Every patient of ours has their own dedicated health file. This file is an computerised one stored by Clanwilliam Health on a specialist type of software designed for General Practitioners (GPs) use. For anyone to access your file they need a unique username and password.
Your personal data will only be used for the treatment of your health care. It will not be passed on to any third parties unless you tell us to do so or we are required to do so by law or a court order. We will always seek your written prior consent to recording, storing and accessing your personal details.
Under new data protection legislation you have enhanced rights. You have the right to request from The MediCentre:
- Access to and the correction or deletion of your data.
- The restriction of the processing of your personal data
- You can object in general to the processing.
- You also have the right to have your data transferred to another organisation or person in a format that they will be able to easily access and understand.
Your file will be retained for a period of a minimum of eight years following your last visit.
The MediCentre’s Data Protection Officer is Dr. Frank O’Hara and he can be contacted via email on email@example.com. if you would like to discuss, or give instruction on, our processing of your personal data.
If you are not happy the way we manage your personal data you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Irish Data Protection Commission. They can be reached on LoCall 1890 25 22 31.