The current Data Protection Act will be replaced on the 25th May 2018 with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
There are several changes under the act and you can find further information from: https://ico.org.uk
One of the areas that the practice will be concentrating on before the date in May is consent for text messaging. Before the 25th May we will require your express consent if you wish to continue to receive text messages for appointments, notices (public holidays, new services) and healthcare updates. Over the coming weeks we will be sending text messages to gain your consent, or you may wish to withdraw from this service - if you do not reply you will be opted out.
You are free to change your mind at any point - simply call the practice or inform a member of the reception team. Alternatively, you can complete the text message consent form. If you need to update your contact details please click on the appropriate link.
If more than one patient has the same mobile number (i.e. child same as parent or guardian) you may get multiple messages because the system will automatically send to each registered user.
Currently the text message system is only available to patients 15 years and over. This will be reviewed under the new rules.
As of the 9th of April, the GDPR has not yet had parliamentary approval.
One of the new areas is consent for children. The draft guidelines suggest that when a child becomes 13 they will need to give their own consent. If this is approved, this will apply to: Online Appointments, Prescriptions, text messages, ECS (emergency care summaries), SPIRE (Scottish Primary Care Information Resource) and any new systems in the future.