In order to provide a safe and professional service to our patients we collect and hold personal data. We have always respected the need to keep this information confidential and we welcome important new regulations to enhance data protection for our patients. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from 25th May 2018 replaced data protection laws in the European Union. The data commissioner has a useful website for those wanting to find out more. Please click here gdprandyou.ie.
Why do you collect my data? We collect your personal information so that we can record and manage our service to you in a proper and professional way. We have a duty of care to you. In order to ensure that we meet the highest standards of health care, we must record our findings and patient plans. We must be able to individually identify you to ensure you get the correct care.
What data do you have about me? We hold information such as your:
How do I find out what information you hold? You have a right to access your data free of charge and we are happy to provide you with a copy. You should contact us by phone on 091 796983 or write to the General Manager, APOS Ltd, The Weir, Kilcolgan, Co. Galway. We will send you a written copy of your data within one month of your request.
What do I do if there are errors in my data or I don’t want you to keep it anymore? You should contact us by phone on 091 796983 or write to the General Manager, APOS Ltd, The Weir, Kilcolgan, Co. Galway. We will update your records and if you want us to remove your data we will do so unless there is a legal obligation to retain a record.
How long will you keep my data? Your data is kept for a period of 8 years from the date of our last contact with you. Or if the patient was a child while they attended our service we will remove their records when they are aged 25. This is in line with the guidelines from the National Hospitals Office Code of Practice for Healthcare Records Management.
Who do you share my data with?