Herts & Essex Urology is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.
Herts & Essex Urology understands that your personal data is entrusted to us and appreciates the importance of protecting and respecting your privacy. To this end we comply fully with the data protection law in force in the UK (“Data Protection Laws”) and with all applicable clinical confidentiality guidelines including those published from time to time by the General Medical Council.
For the purpose of Data Protection Laws, the data controller is Herts & Essex Urology.
When we refer to ‘we’, ‘us’ and ‘our’, we mean Herts & Essex Urology.
What personal data may we collect from you?
When we refer to personal data in this policy, we mean information that can or has the potential to identify you as an individual.
Accordingly, we may hold and use personal data about you as a customer, a patient or in any other capacity, for example, when you visit one of our websites, complete a form, access our services or speak to us. Depending on what services you receive from us this may include sensitive personal data such as information relating to your health.
Personal data we collect from you may include the following:
- information that you give us when you enquire or become a customer or patient of us or apply for a job with us including name, address, contact details (including email address and phone number)
- the name and contact details (including phone number) of your next of kin
- details of referrals, quotes and other contact and correspondence we may have had with you
- details of services and/or treatment you have received from us or which have been received from a third party and referred on to us
• notes and reports about your health and any treatment and care you have received and/or need, including about clinic and hospital visits and medicines administered
- patient feedback and treatment outcome information, you provide
- information about complaints and incidents
- information you give us when you make a payment to us, such as financial or credit card information
- other information received from other sources, including from your use of websites and other digital platforms we operate or the other services we provide, information from business partners, advertising networks, analytics providers, or information provided by other companies who have obtained your permission to share information about you.
Where you use any of our websites, we may automatically collect personal data about you including:
- Technical information, including the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet, browser type and version, time zone setting, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform,
- information about your visit, including the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL), clickstream to, through and from our site (including date and time), products you viewed or searched for, page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), methods used to browse away from the page.
When do we collect personal data about you?
We may collect personal data about you if you:
- visit one of our websites
- enquire about any of our services or treatments
- register to be a customer or patient with us or book to receive any of our services or treatments
- fill in a form or survey for us
- carry out a transaction on our website
- participate in a competition or promotion or other marketing activity
- make online payments
- contact us, for example by email, telephone or social media
- participate in interactive features on any of our websites.
What personal data we may receive from third parties and other sources?
We may collect personal data about you from third parties such as:
- We have a number of independent Private Hospitals acting on our behalf who may collect personal data from you to allow us to carry out the services we offer e.g. When you call one of the private hospitals where we provide our services, they collect personal data from you which is subsequently shared with us for the continuity of your care and may be used for quality and monitoring purposes;
- We carry out work on behalf of the NHS via choose & Book system of the private hospitals and for the continuity of your care we may be passed medical information usually in the form of a referral for the purposes of your treatment;
- Insurance providers will pass personal data of patients who have commenced a claim and require medical treatment with us. This will normally be in the form of a referral and may consist of basic details e.g full name, date of birth, address, contact number and email address and the type of procedure/treatment they require.
- Other patient websites where our services are listed: E.g. Whatclinic.com, PrivateHealth.co.uk etc
How do we use your personal data?
Sensitive personal data related to your health will only be disclosed to those involved with your treatment or care, or in accordance with UK laws and guidelines of professional bodies or for the purpose of clinical audits (unless you object). Further details on how we use health related personal data are given below. We will only use your sensitive personal data for the purposes for which you have given us your explicit consent to use it. Please note that, although we have set out the purposes for which we may use your personal data below, we will not use your sensitive personal data for those purposes unless you have given us your explicit consent to do so.
We may use your personal data to:
- enable us to carry out our obligations to you arising from any contract entered into between you and us including relating to the provision by us of services or treatments to you and related matter such as, billing, accounting and audit, credit or other payment card verification and anti-fraud screening
- provide you with information, products or services that you request from us
- provide you with information about new products or services we offer that we feel may interest you.
- • allow you to participate in interactive features of our services, when you choose to do so
- notify you about changes to our products or services
- respond to requests where we have a legal or regulatory obligation to do so
- check the accuracy of information about you and the quality of your treatment or care, including auditing medical and billing information for insurance claims as well as part of any claims or litigation process
- support your doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional
- assess the quality and/or type of care you have received (including giving you the opportunity to complete customer satisfaction surveys) and any concerns or complaints you may raise, so that these can be properly investigated
- to conduct and analyse market research
- to ensure that content from any of our websites is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.
The security of your personal data
We protect all personal data we hold about you by ensuring that we have appropriate organisational and technical security measures in place to prevent unauthorised access or unlawful processing of personal data and to prevent personal data being lost, destroyed or damaged. We conduct assessments to ensure the ongoing security of our information systems.
Any personal data you provide will be held for as long as is necessary having regard to the purpose for which it was collected and in accordance with all applicable UK laws.
Personal data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”).
Current provider of our data services is Cliniko.com located in Australia.
All information you provide to us is stored securely. Any payment transactions on our website will be processed securely by third party payment processors. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password that enables you to access certain parts of our website, you are responsible for keeping that password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.
The transmission of information via the internet cannot be guaranteed as completely secure. However, we ensure that any information transferred to our websites is via an encrypted connection. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features for prevention of unauthorised access.
At your request, we may occasionally transfer personal information to you via email, or you may choose to transfer information to us via email. Email is not a secure method of information transmission; if you choose to send or receive such information via email, you do so at your own risk.
Disclosure of your personal data
In the usual course of our business we may disclose your personal data (to the extent necessary) to certain third party organisations that we use to support the delivery of our services. This may include the following:
- business partners, suppliers and sub-contractors for the performance of any contract we enter into with you,
- organisations providing IT systems support and hosting in relation to the IT systems on which your information is stored,
- Doctors Billing Services ltd, third party Billing company and debt collectors for the purposes of debt collection,
- third party service providers for the purposes of storage of information and confidential destruction, third party marketing companies for the purpose of sending marketing emails, subject to obtaining appropriate consent.
Where a third-party data processor is used, we ensure that they operate under contractual restrictions with regard to confidentiality and security, in addition to their obligations under Data Protection Laws.
We may also disclose your personal data to third parties in the event that we sell or buy any business or assets or where we are required by law to do so.
Health information collected during provision of treatment or services
External practitioners: If we refer you externally for treatment, we will share with the person or organisation that we refer you to, the clinical and administrative information we consider necessary for that referral. It will always be clear when we do this.
Your GP: If the practitioners treating you believe it to be clinically advisable, we may also share information about your treatment with your GP. You can ask us not to do this, in which case we will respect that request if we are legally permitted to do so, but you should be aware that it can be potentially very dangerous and/or detrimental to your health to deny your GP full information about your medical history, and we strongly advise against it.
Your insurer: We share with your medical insurer information about your treatment, its clinical necessity and its cost, only if they are paying for all or part of your treatment with us. We provide only the information to which they are entitled. If you raise a complaint or a claim we may be required to share personal data with your medical insurer for the purposes of investigating any complaint/claim.
The NHS: If you are referred to us for treatment by the NHS, we will share the details of your treatment with the part of the NHS that referred you to us, as necessary to perform, process and report back on that treatment.
Medical regulators: We may be requested – and in some cases can be required – to share certain information (including personal data and sensitive personal data) about you and your care with medical regulators such as the General Medical Council or the Nursing and Midwifery Council, for example if you make a complaint, or the conduct of a medical professional involved in your treatment is alleged to have fallen below the appropriate standards and the regulator wishes to investigate. We will ensure that we do so within the framework of the law and with due respect for your privacy.
From time to time we may also make information available on the basis of necessity for the provision of healthcare, but subject always to patient confidentiality.
In an emergency and if you are incapacitated, we may also process your personal data (including sensitive personal data) or make personal data available to third parties on the basis of protecting your ‘vital interest’ (i.e. your life or your health).
We will use your personal data in order to monitor the outcome of your treatment by us and any treatment associated with your care, including any NHS treatment.
We participate in national audits and initiatives to help ensure that patients are getting the best possible outcomes from their treatment and care. The highest standards of confidentiality will be applied to your personal data in accordance with Data Protection Laws and confidentiality. Any publishing of this data will be in anonymised, statistical form. Anonymous or aggregated data may be used by us, or disclosed to others, for research or statistical purposes.
Independent Healthcare Providers – Performance Information
In the interest in providing comparable clinical outcome and performance data to the public across independent sector providers in healthcare, All the private hospitals where we treat our patients , are required by law to provide activity data, including some personal data, as set out in more detail below, for publication by The Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN).
PHIN is responsible for collecting, processing and publishing information on the quality and cost of privately-funded healthcare in the UK. The publication of this information is intended to:
- provide GPs with reliable information to inform their decisions about which providers to choose
- help future patients make informed choices about where to seek treatment
- enable providers of care (hospitals and consultant clinicians) to improve the quality and safety of their services by better understanding their performance by comparison with other providers
- to support regulator information to help identify any causes of concern
- enabling them to target inspections and help ensure safer care for patients.
Providers must provide to PHIN with details of each episode of care, including a summary of each record of treatment including; the dates when each patient was in hospital, what treatment was carried out and by whom.
Providers are also required to provide: patient satisfaction survey data, Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS) – patient reported health improvements following treatment and details of any adverse events relating to the patients treated.
Providers are required to provide each patient’s NHS Number (England, Wales or Isle of Man) or CHI Number (Scotland) and a post code of residence. This information can only be used to identify an individual by an approved body (such as an NHS hospital) with access to information linking NHS Numbers with other personal details. PHIN securely submits the patient’s NHS number and discharge date(s) to information authorities such as:
- for England, NHS digital;
- for Wales, the NHS Wales Informatics Service;
- for Scotland, the Information and Statistics Division;
- for Northern Ireland, the Health and Social Care Board; and
- for UK-wide mortality data, the Office of National Statistics.
PHIN will only disclose records of care and personal data to the non-departmental bodies/authorities identified above, as required by law or where there is an overriding public interest, and /or to investigate or prevent fraud. Data Protection Laws give all individuals the right to make a ‘Subject Access Request’ to obtain a copy of any information that any organisation holds about them (as set out in more detail below). As PHIN cannot identify individuals from the data it holds, applicants would need to provide their NHS Number (or equivalent in Scotland or Northern Ireland) and further proof of identity in order to access any information held. A £10 fee may apply.
What do we do with any non-personal information collected when accessing the website?
We may also use other companies to set cookies on our websites and gather cookie information for us – please refer to the information detailed below. From time to time we may also analyse Internet Protocol (IP) addresses or other anonymous data sources.
By law, website operators are required to ask for a website user’s permission when placing certain kinds of cookie on their devices for the first time.
Where consent is required, the law states that it should be “informed consent”, which means we must ensure that you understand what cookies are and why we want to use them.
What are Cookies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device.
Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving your user experience.
They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.
CATEGORY 1 COOKIES
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around our websites and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the websites. Without these cookies, services you have asked for cannot be provided.
Your consent is not required for the delivery of those cookies which are strictly necessary to provide services requested by you.
We use these types of cookies.
CATEGORY 2 COOKIES
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All the information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.
We use these types of cookies. By using our website and online services you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.
CATEGORY 3 COOKIES
These cookies allow our websites to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video. The information these cookies collect is generally anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
We use these types of cookies. By using our websites these you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.
CATEGORY 4 COOKIES
These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
We do not use these cookies on our website.
Definitions used above are consistent with those supplied by the International Chamber of Commerce ‘ICC UK Cookie Guide’ April 2012.
You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential Category 1 Cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our websites. For information on how to delete cookies, please refer to: use https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/online/cookies
You have the right to ask us not to process your information in this way at any time. If you no longer wish to receive web based marketing information you can unsubscribe by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We would ask you to give us a reasonable amount of notice, to give us time to update our systems. While the precise timings vary by department we generally ask that you give us at least 30 days’ notice.
Accessing and updating your information
The law gives you certain rights in respect of the personal data that we hold about you. In addition to your right to stop marketing, detailed above, below is a short overview of the most commonly-used rights. It is not an exhaustive statement of the law.
- With some exceptions designed to protect the rights of others, and subject to payment of a small administrative fee (currently £10, or up to £50 for paper-based health records), you have the right to a copy of the personal data that we hold about you
- You have the right to have the personal data we hold about you corrected if it is factually inaccurate. It is important to understand that this right does not extend to matters of opinion, such as medical diagnoses. If any of your personal data has changed, especially contact information such as: email address, postal address and phone number please get in touch with us so we can ensure your personal data is kept up to date
- If you want to exercise your rights in respect of your personal data, the best way to do so is to contact us by email on DataProtectionOfficer@hertsandessexurology.co.uk , or to write to us for the attention of the data protection officer at the address below. In order to protect your privacy, we may ask you to prove your identity before we take any steps in response to such a request.
Data Protection Officer, Herts & Essex Urology, Consulting rooms, Rivers Hospital, Sawbridgeworth CM21 0HH,
If you are not satisfied with how we handle your request, you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office on 0303 123 1113 or visit their website (http://www.ico.org.uk).
We have presence on Facebook, LinkedIn for information purposes
Any personal information shared and/or collected on social media pages is not collected by us but by the social media platform. Any personal information shared and/or collected on our social media pages shall be subject to the privacy notices and other policies of the relevant social media platform. The content of our social page is not owned by us but by the social media platform.
Links to other websites
We may create links to third party websites. We are not responsible for the content or privacy practices employed by those responsible for any third-party websites we are linked to.