Privacy Policy

The Surrey Park Clinic 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 (GMC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

This Privacy Policy sets out the basis on which we collect and process personal data about you including our practices regarding the collection, use, storage and disclosure of personal data that we collect from you and/or hold about you, and your rights in relation to that data.

Please read the following carefully to understand how we process your personal data. By providing your personal data to us or by using our services, website or other online or digital platform(s) you are accepting or consenting to the practices as described or referred to in this Privacy Policy.

For the purpose of Data Protection Laws, the data controller is The Surrey Park Clinic, with registered address at: 2 Stirling House, Stirling Rd, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7RF.

When we refer to ‘we’, ‘us’ and ‘our’, we mean The Surrey Park Clinic.

We can assure you that every patient’s personal details are kept confidential at all times. Our information systems are fully compliant with the Data Protection Act and patients have access to any data stored relating to them, free of charge.

Letters sent to healthcare professionals which relate to you, will also be copied to you by post or email to ensure that you are fully informed at all times.

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.

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
  • information obtained from customer surveys, promotions and competitions that you have entered or taken part in
    recordings of calls we receive or make
  • 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.

The data that we request from you may include special category data. This includes information that relates to the following:

  • racial or ethnic origin, or
  • political opinions, or
  • religious or philosophical beliefs, or
  • trade union membership, or
  • genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, or
  • health data,
  • or data concerning a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation.

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.

In the interests of training and continually improving our services, calls to The Surrey Park Clinic and its agents may be monitored or recorded. 

What personal data we may receive from third parties and other sources?

 We may collect personal data about you from third parties such as:

  • If you are an employee of one of our clients who has taken up one of our services, we may be passed your name, contact number and email address, in order to get in touch with you to arrange an appointment or collect further information from you;
  • The Surrey Park Clinic use the services of independent consultants who carry out procedures at our clinic. Consultants may need to share your personal data and medical records with The Surrey Park Clinic;
  • Insurance providers will pass The Surrey Park Clinic 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.

How do we lawfully process your personal data?

Your personal data will be kept confidential and secure and will only be used for the purpose(s) for which it was collected and in accordance with this Privacy Policy, applicable Data Protection Laws, clinical records retention periods and clinical confidentiality guidelines.

Set out below are some of the ways in which we process personal data although to do so lawfully we need to have a legal ground for doing so. We normally process personal data if it is: 

  • necessary to provide you with our services – to enable us to carry out our obligations to you arising from any contract entered into between us and you 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
  • in our or a third party’s legitimate interests to do so – see details below
  • required or allowed by any applicable law
  • with your explicit consent for example direct marketing communications

Generally, we will only ask for your consent to processing if there is no other legal grounds to process. In these circumstances, we will always aim to be clear and transparent about why we need your consent and what we are asking it for. Where we are relying on consent to process personal data you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us using the details below and we will stop the processing for which consent was obtained.

To process special category data we rely on additional legal grounds and generally, they are as follows:

  • With your explicit consent
  • It is necessary for the purposes of preventive or occupational medicine, to assess whether you are able to work, medical diagnosis, to provide health or social care treatment, or to manage health or social care systems and services. This may also include monitoring whether the quality of our services or treatment is meeting expectations.
  • It is necessary to establish, make or defend legal claims or court action
  • It is necessary so that we can comply with employment law
  • It is necessary for a public interest purpose in line with any laws that are applicable. This should assist in protecting the public against dishonesty, malpractice or other seriously improper behaviour for example, investigating complaints, clinical concerns, regulatory breaches or investigations e.g the Care Quality Commission or GMC or ICO.

Processing of personal data which you have made public:

As stated above, one of the legal grounds for processing data is where it is in our legitimate interest to do so, taking into account your interest’s rights and freedoms. This allows us to manage the relationship that exists between you and us and can include the following reasons:

  • provide you with information, products or services that you request from us
  • managing all aspects of our relationship with you, our products and services and any third parties who may provide products or services on our behalf
  • 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
  • keep our records up to date
  • 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
  • to allow us to enforce our website terms of use, our policy terms and conditions or other contracts, or to protect our or other’s rights, property or safety
  • to share your personal information with people or organisations in order to run our business or comply with any legal and/or regulatory obligations including to defend ourselves from claims, exercise our rights and adhere to laws and regulations that apply to us and the third parties we work with
  • to take part in, or be the subject of, any sale, purchase, merger or takeover of all or part our business

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.

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 to minimise the risk 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 understanding the risks associated with doing so.

How long do we retain your personal data?

Unless we explain otherwise to you, we will retain your personal data on the basis of the following guidelines: 

  • for as long as we have a reasonable business need, such as managing our relationship with you and managing our business
  • for as long as we provide services and/or treatment to you and then for as long as someone could bring a claim against us (in general this is a period of 8 years); and/or
  • in line with legal and regulatory requirements or guidance.

Disclosure of your personal data to third parties

In the usual course of our business we may disclose your personal data (which will be limited to the extent reasonably 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,
  • third party debt collectors for the purposes of debt collection,
  • delivery companies for the purposes of transportation,
  • 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.

Special Category/Health information collected during provision of treatment or services

Special category data (including information relating to your health) will only be disclosed to third parties in accordance with this Privacy Policy. That includes third parties involved with your treatment or care, or in accordance with UK laws and guidelines of appropriate professional bodies. Where applicable, it may be disclosed to any person or organisation who may be responsible for meeting your treatment expenses or their agents. It may also be provided to external service providers and regulatory bodies (unless you object) for the purpose of clinical audit to ensure the highest standards of care and record keeping are maintained.

Medical professionals working with us:  We share clinical information about you with our medical professionals as we think necessary for your treatment.  Medical professionals working with us might be our employees, or they might be independent consultants in private practice.  In the case of independent consultants, the consultant is the data controller of your personal data, either alone or jointly with us and will be required to maintain their own records in accordance with Data Protection Laws and applicable clinical confidential guidelines and retention periods.  Where that is the case, we may refer you to that consultant to exercise your rights over your data.  Our contracts with consultants require them to cooperate with those requests.  In all circumstances, those individual consultants will only process your personal data for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy or as otherwise notified to you.

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 have asked us to refer you to the NHS for further treatment, we will share the details of your treatment with the part of the NHS that we will be referring you to, 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 special category 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 special category 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

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, we – like all independent hospital operators – 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 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.

Certain personal data will be provided to PHIN, including patients post code of residence. PHIN securely submits such data and records 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 further proof of identity in order to access whether it is possible to access any information held. Further information about how PHIN uses information, including it’s Privacy Notice, is available at: www.phin.org.uk

What do we do with any non-personal information collected when accessing the website?

Certain information which you submit may also be collected to enable us to better understand our customers, to improve our website, to inform general marketing and to help provide a better experience of our services.  We may use cookies to do this.

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.

Cookies

We use cookies on this website. A cookie is a small piece of text stored on your computer, phone or whatever you use to surf the Internet. Cookies have many uses, but fundamentally they are used to store information about you on your computer.

We encourage you to accept the cookies our website uses as they help us to improve the user experience for you and many others.

The cookies we use are:

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to monitor how our visitors use our website. For example to find out how many people are using the site and which content is the most popular. This information is then used to improve the user experience on our website.

Google Analytics tracking uses cookies in order to provide meaningful reports about our site visitors. Google Analytics cookies do not collect personal data about our website visitors. Analytics cookies will have the following names:

  • _utma
  • _utmb
  • _utmc
  • _utmz, etc.

Other third-party cookies

We use a number of free third-party services to provide enhanced functionality on this site.

We use mailchimp to manage our email newsletter sign up form. Cookies are used by these services to track levels of usage.

To opt out of having cookies set by these services please see the relevant cookie and privacy policies on their respective websites.

To delete cookies or reject cookies

We recommend you allow the cookies we set by this website as they help us provide a better service.
Under your browser’s settings you can also delete individual cookies or any cookies that your browser has stored.
You can find more information on how to delete and control cookies at ico.gov.uk/cookiesadvice or aboutcookies.org/?page=2
If you set your browser to refuse cookies, please be aware that there may be functionality on various websites that does not work.

Email Newsletters

From time to time, we will send out email newsletters. If you have signed up on this website or visited the clinic, you are automatically added to our mailing list.

If you wish to opt-out of this service, you can do so by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any Surrey Park newsletter email.

 

Your Rights under Data Protection Laws

The law gives you certain rights in respect of the personal data that we hold about you as well as information about what we do with it, who we share it with and how long we will hold it for. We may make a reasonable charge for additional copies of that data beyond the first copy, based on our administrative costs. The website of the Information Commissioner’s Office (http://www.ico.org.uk) has a wealth of useful information in respect of your rights in your personal data. In addition to your right to stop marketing, detailed above, below is a short overview of the most commonly-used rights.

  • Data Subject Access Request – 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
  • The Right of Erasure (‘Right to be Forgotten’) – the right to have your personal information erased where we have no reason to continue processing;
  • Data Portability – the right to move, copy or transfer personal information you have provided to us;
  • Right to Rectification – 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 The Surrey Park Clinic on 01483 454016  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 info@thesurreyparkclinic.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, The Surrey Park Clinic,  2 Stirling House, Stirling Rd, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7RF.

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).

Changes to our Privacy Policy

We keep our Privacy Policy under regular review and as a result it may be amended from time to time without notice. As a result we encourage you to review this Privacy Policy regularly.

Contact

If you have any questions in relation to our privacy policy, please email us at info@thesurreyparkclinic.co.uk  or write to the Data Protection Officer at:

The Surrey Park Clinic  

2 Stirling House

Stirling Rd

Guildford

Surrey

GU2 7RF.