GDPR for Patients

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new law that determines how your personal data is processed and kept safe, and the legal rights that you have in relation to your own data.

The regulation applies from 25 May 2018, and will apply even after the UK leaves the EU.

What will GDPR mean for Patients?

The GDPR sets out the key principles about processing data, for staff or patients;

  • Data must be processed lawfully, fairly and transparently
  • It must be collected for specific, explicit and legitimate purposes
  • It must be limited to what is necessary for the purposes for which it is processed
  • Information must be accurate
  • Data must be held securely
  • It can only be retained for as long as is necessary for the reasons it was collected

There are also stronger rights for the patients regarding the information that practices hold about them. These include;

  • Being informed about how their data is used
  • Patients to have access to their own data
  • Patients can ask to have incorrect information changed
  • Restrict how their data is used
  • Move their patient data from one health organisation to another
  • The right to object to their patient information

GDPR and Dyfi Valley Health

In accordance to the new GDPR regulations, Dyfi Valley Health is in the process of updating its Privacy Policy to make it easier for you to understand:

  • what information we collect
  • why we need to collect it
  • how long we collect it for
  • who has access to it
  • how we use it

We are doing this to ensure we follow the European GDPR legislation, which is designed to harmonise privacy laws across the EU. As soon as this new Privacy Policy is in place you will be informed within the practice and via the website.