1.As your treating clinician and therefore custodian of personal information relating to your medical
treatment, I must only use that information in accordance with all applicable law and guidance. This
Privacy Notice provides you with a detailed overview of how I will manage your data from the point at
which it is gathered and onwards, and how that complies with the law. I will use your personal
information for a variety of purposes including, but not limited to, providing you with care and
treatment, sharing it with other medical professionals and research/clinical audit programmes. I will
also use your personal information for accounting purposes.
2.In addition, you have a number of rights as a data subject. You can, for instance, seek access to your
medical information, request rectification of any information which is inaccurate or deletion of
information which is no longer required (subject to certain exceptions). This Privacy Notice also sets
out your rights in respect of your personal information, and how to exercise them.
3.For ease of reference, this Notice is broken into separate sections below with headings which will
help you to navigate through the document.
1. This Privacy Notice sets out details of the information that I, as a clinician responsible for your
treatment (and including my medical secretaries), may collect from you and how that information
may be used. Please take your time to read this Privacy Notice carefully.
2. In this Privacy Notice I use “I” or “mine” or “my” to refer to me as the clinician who is using your
3. In the event that you have any queries, comments or concerns in respect of the manner in which I
have used, or potentially will use, your personal information then you should contact me directly and I
would be happy to discuss further. Private office number: 0161 495 7012 or via email on
4. I am a Data Controller in respect of your personal information which I hold about you. This will
mainly relate to your medical treatment, but will be likely to also include other information such as
financial data in relation to billing. I must comply with the data protection legislation and relevant
guidance when handling your personal information, and so must any medical secretary who assists me
in an administrative capacity. Your personal data may include any images taken in relation to your
treatment which must not only be managed in accordance with the law, this Privacy Notice but also all
applicable professional standards including guidance from the General Medical Council and British
5. I will provide your treatment from a either The Alexandra Hospital Cheadle or Spire Hospital
Manchester and, in due course, it may be necessary for these hospitals to also process your personal
data. I will do so in accordance with the law, the principles of this Privacy Notice and to the extent
that it is necessary to do so. This could be where The Alexandra Hospital or Spire Manchester Hospital
needs to arrange other healthcare services as part of your treatment, such as nursing or dietician
advice, or support other aspects of the treatment which I provide to you. In that case, Spire
Manchester Hospital and BMI The Alexandra Hospital will become a joint Data Controller in respect of
your personal information and you will be provided with a copy of their Privacy Notice which sets out
how they will manage that information.
6. Your personal information will be handled in accordance with the principles set out within this
Privacy Notice. This means that whenever I use your personal data, I will only do so as set out in this
Privacy Notice. From time to time, I may process your personal information at a non-Spire Manchester
Hospital and BMI The Alexandra Hospital (medical or non-medical), as may my medical secretary.
7. I will use “special categories of personal information” (previously known as “sensitive personal
data”) about you, such as information relating to your physical and mental health.
8. If you provide personal information to me about other individuals (including medical or financial
information) you should inform the individual about the contents of this Privacy Notice. I will also
process such information in accordance with this Privacy Notice.
9. In addition, you should note that in the event you amend data which I already hold about you (for
instance by amending a pre-populated form) then I will update our systems to reflect the
amendments. Our systems will continue to store historical data.
10. As one of my patients, the personal information I hold about you may include the following:
b) Contact details, such as postal address, email address and telephone number (including mobile
c) Financial information, such as credit card details used to pay us and insurance policy details
e) Emergency contact details, including next of kin
f) Background referral details
11. As one of my patients, I will hold information relating to your medical treatment which is known as
a special category of personal data under the law, meaning that it must be handled even more
sensitively. This may include the following:
a) Details of your current or former physical or mental health, including information about any
healthcare you have received from other healthcare providers such as GPs, dentists or hospitals
(private and/or NHS), which may include details of clinic and hospital visits, as well as medicines
administered. I will provide further details below on the manner in which I handle such information.
b) Details of services you have received from me
c) Details of your nationality, race and/or ethnicity
d) Details of your religion
e) Details of any genetic data or biometric data relating to you
f) Data concerning your sex life and/or sexual orientation
12. The confidentiality of your medical information is important to me, and I make every effort to
prevent unauthorised access to and use of information relating to your current or former physical and
mental health (or indeed any of your personal information more generally). In doing so, I will comply
with UK data protection law, including the Data Protection Act 2018 and all applicable medical
confidentiality guidelines issued by professional bodies including, but not limited to, the General
Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
13. From 25 May 2018, the current Data Protection Act will be replaced by the EU General Data
Protection Regulation (GDPR) and a new Data Protection Act. All uses of your information will comply
with the GDPR and the new Data Protection Act from that date onwards
14. I may collect personal information from a number of different sources including, but not limited to:
c) Other hospitals, both NHS and private
d) Mental health providers
e) Commissioners of healthcare services
f) Other clinicians (including their medical secretaries)
g) Directly from you
15. Information may be collected directly from you when:
a) You enter into a contract with me or BMI The Alexandra Hospital or Spire Manchester Hospital for
the provision of healthcare services
b) You use those services
c) You complete enquiry forms on the BMI The Alexandra Hospital and Spire Manchester Hospital or
d) You submit a query to me including by email or by social media
e) You correspond with me by letter, email, telephone (incoming and outgoing calls from/to patients
may be recorded)
f) Social media
g) Other healthcare organisations
16. My patients will usually receive healthcare from other organisations, and so in order to provide you
with the best treatment possible I may have to collect personal information about you from them.
These may include:
a) Medical records from your GP
b) Medical records from other clinicians (including their medical secretaries)
c) Medical records from your dentist
d) Medical records from the NHS or any private healthcare organisation
17. Medical records include information about your diagnosis, clinic and hospital visits and medicines
18. As detailed in the previous section, it is often necessary to seek information from other healthcare
organisations. I may also collect information about you from third parties when:
a) You are referred to me for the provision of services including healthcare services
b) I liaise with your current or former employer, health professional or other treatment or benefit
c) I liaise with your family
d) I liaise with your insurance policy provider
e) I deal with experts (including medical experts) and other service providers about services you have
received or are receiving from me
f) I deal with NHS health service bodies about services you have received or are receiving from us
g) I liaise with credit reference agencies
h) I liaise with debt collection agencies
i) I liaise with Government agencies, including the Ministry of Defence, the Home Office and HMRC
19. I may communicate with you in a range of ways, including by telephone, email, and /or post. If I
contact you using the telephone number(s) which you have provided (landline and/or mobile), and you
are not available which results in the call being directed to a voicemail and/or answering service, I may
leave a voice message on your voicemail and/or answering service as appropriate, and including only
sufficient basic details to enable you to identify who the call is from, very limited detail as to the
reason for the call and how to call me back.
a) to ensure that I provide you with timely updates and reminders in relation to your healthcare
(including basic administration information and appointment information (including reminders)), I may
communicate with you by SMS and/or unencrypted email (where you have provided me with your
SMS or email address) [in each case where you have expressed a preference in the patient registration
form to be contacted by SMS and / or email.]
b) To provide you with your medical information (including test results and other clinical updates)
and/or invoicing information, I may communicate with you by email (which will be encrypted) where
you have provided me with your email address and have expressed a preference in the patient
registration form to be contacted by email. The first time I send you any important encrypted email
which requires action to be taken, I will endeavour to contact you separately to ensure that you are
able to access the encrypted email you are sent.
21. Please note that although providing your mobile number and email address and stating a
preference to be communicated by a particular method will be taken as an affirmative confirmation
that you are happy for us to contact you in that manner, I am not relying on your consent to process
your personal data in order to correspond with you about your treatment. As set out further below,
processing your personal data for those purposes is justified on the basis that it is necessary to provide
you with healthcare service.
22. I may ‘process’ your information for a number of different purposes, which is essentially the
language used by the law to mean using your data. Each time I use your data I must have a legal
justification to do so. The particular justification will depend on the purpose of the proposed use of
your data. When the information that we process is classed as a “special category of personal
information”, I must have a specific additional legal justification in order to use it as proposed.
23. Generally I will rely on the following legal justifications, or ‘grounds’:
a) Taking steps at your request so that you can enter into a contract with me to receive healthcare
services from us.
b) For the purposes of providing you with healthcare pursuant to a contract between you and I. I will
rely on this for activities such as supporting your medical treatment or care and other benefits,
supporting your nurse, carer or other healthcare professional and providing other services to you.
c) I have an appropriate business need to process your personal information and such business need
does not cause harm to you. I will rely on this for activities such as quality assurance, maintaining my
business records, monitoring outcomes and responding to any complaints.
d) I have a legal or regulatory obligation to use such personal information.
e) I need to use such personal information to establish, exercise or defend my legal rights.
f) You have provided your consent to my use of your personal information.
24. Note that failure to provide your information further to a contractual requirement with me may
mean that I am unable to set you up as a patient or facilitate the provision of your healthcare.
25. I provide further detail on these grounds in the sections below.
26. One legal ground for processing personal data is where I do so in pursuit of legitimate interests
and those interests are not overridden by your privacy rights. Where I refer to use for my appropriate
business needs, I am are relying on this legal ground.
27. You have a range of rights in respect of your personal data. This includes the right to object to me
using your personal information in a particular way (such as sharing that information with third
parties), and I must stop using it in that way unless specific exceptions apply. This includes, for
example, if it is necessary to defend a legal claim brought against me, or it is otherwise necessary for
the purposes of your ongoing treatment.
You will find details of my legal grounds for each of our processing purposes below. I have set out
individually those purposes for which I will use your personal information, and under each one I set
out the legal justifications, or grounds, which allow me to do so. You will note that I have set out a
legal ground, as well as an ‘additional’ legal ground for special categories of personal information. This
is because I have to demonstrate additional legal grounds where using information which relates to a
person’s healthcare, as I will be the majority of the times I use your personal information.
Purpose 1: To set you up as my patient, including carrying out fraud, credit, anti-money laundering
and other regulatory checks
28. As is common with most business, I have to carry out necessary checks in order for you to become
a patient. These include standard background checks, which I cannot perform without using your
29. Legal ground: Taking the necessary steps so that you can enter into a contract with me for the
delivery of healthcare.
30. Additional legal ground for special categories of personal information: The use is necessary for
reasons of substantial public interest, and it is also in my legitimate interests to do so.
31. Clearly, the reason you come to me is to provide you with healthcare, and so I have to use your
personal information for that purpose.
32. Legal grounds:
a) Providing you with healthcare and related services
b) Fulfilling my contract with you for the delivery of healthcare
33. Additional legal grounds for special categories of personal information:
a) I need to use the data in order to provide healthcare services to you
b) The use is necessary to protect your vital interests where you are physically or legally incapable of
34. I will use your personal information in order to ensure that your account and billing is fully accurate
35. Legal grounds:
a) My providing you healthcare and other related services
b) Fulfilling my contract with you for the delivery of healthcare
c) Me having an appropriate business need to use your information which does not overly prejudice
d) Your consent
36. Additional legal grounds for special categories of personal information:
a) I need to use the data in order to provide healthcare services to you
b) The use is necessary in order for me to establish, exercise or defend my legal rights
c) Your consent
37. I may process your personal data for the purposes of local clinical audit – i.e. an audit carried out
by myself or my direct team for the purposes of assessing outcomes for patients and identifying
improvements which could be made for the future. I am able to do so on the basis of my legitimate
interest and the public interest in statistical and scientific research, and with appropriate safeguards in
38. I may also be asked to share information with U.K. registries for which ethical approval is not
necessarily required but which form part of the National Clinical Audit programme, hosted by NHS
England and who provide a list of National Clinical Audit and Clinical Outcome Review programmes
and other quality improvement programmes which we should prioritise for participation. I may do so
without your consent provided that the particular audit registry has received statutory approval, or
where the information will be provided in a purely anonymous form, otherwise your consent will be
needed and either I will seek this from you or the registry themselves will do so.
39. I may also be asked to participate in medical research and share data with ethically approved third
party research organisations.
40. I will share your personal data only to the extent that it is necessary to do so in assisting research
and as permitted by law. Some research projects will have received statutory approval such that
consent may not be required in order to use your personal data. In those circumstances, your personal
will be shared on the basis that:
a) I have a legitimate interest in helping with medical research and have put appropriate safeguards in
place to protect your privacy
Additional legal grounds for special categories of personal information:
b) The processing is necessary in the public interest for statistical and scientific research purposes
41. In the event that consent is required then either I will seek this from you, or the research agency
will do so.
42. From time to time, patients may raise queries, or even complaints, with me and/or The Alexandra
Hospital or Spire Manchester Hospital and I take those communications very seriously. It is important
that I am able to resolve such matters fully and properly and so I, as well as the independent hospital
provider will need to use your personal information in order to do so.
43. Legal grounds:
a) Providing you with healthcare and other related services
b) Having an appropriate business need to use your information which does not overly prejudice you
44. Additional legal grounds for special categories of personal information:
a) The use is necessary for the provision of healthcare or treatment pursuant to a contract with a
b) The use is necessary in order for me to establish, exercise or defend my legal rights
45. In addition, other healthcare professionals or organisations may need to know about your
treatment in order for them to provide you with safe and effective care, and so I may need to share
your personal information with them. Further details on the third parties who may need access to
your information is set out at section 58 below.
46. Legal grounds:
a) Providing you with healthcare and other related services
b) I have a legitimate interest in ensuring that other healthcare professionals who are routinely
involved in your care have a full picture of your treatment
47. Additional legal ground for special categories of personal information:
a) I need to use the data in order to provide healthcare services to you b) The use is necessary for
reasons of substantial public interest under UK law
c) The use is necessary in order for me to establish, exercise or defend my legal rights
48. I also participate in initiatives to monitor safety and quality, helping to ensure that patients are
getting the best possible outcomes from their treatment and care. The Competition and Markets
Authority Private Healthcare Market Investigation Order 2014 established the Private Healthcare
Information Network (“PHIN”), as an organisation who will monitor outcomes of patients who receive
private treatment. Under Article 21 of that Order, I am required to provide PHIN with information
related to your treatment, including your NHS Number in England and Wales, CHI Number in Scotland
or Health and Care Number in Northern Ireland), the nature of your procedure, whether there were
any complications such as infection or the need for readmission/admission to a NHS facility and also
the feedback you provided as part of any PROMs surveys. PHIN will use your information in order to
share it with the NHS, and track whether you have received any follow-up treatment. I will only share
this information with PHIN if you have provided your consent for me to do so.
49. The records that I share may contain personal and medical information about patients, including
you. PHIN, like me, will apply the highest standards of confidentiality to personal information in
accordance with data protection laws and the duty of confidentiality. Any information that is published
by PHIN will always be in anonymised statistical form and will not be shared or analysed for any
purpose other than those stated. Further information about how PHIN uses information, including its
Privacy Notice, is available at www.phin.org.uk.
50. As a provider of healthcare, I am subject to a wide range of legal and regulatory responsibilities
which is not possible to list fully here. I may be required by law or by regulators to provide personal
information, and in which case I will have a legal responsibility to do so. From time to time, clinicians
are unfortunately also the subject of legal actions or complaints. In order to fully investigate and
respond to those actions, it is necessary to access your personal information (although only to the
extent that it is necessary and relevant to the subject-matter).
51. Legal grounds:
a) The use is necessary in order for us to comply with our legal obligations
52. Additional legal ground for special categories of personal information:
a) I need to use the data in order for others to provide informed healthcare services to you
b) The use is necessary for reasons of the provision of health or social care or treatment or the
management of health or social care systems
c) The use is necessary for establishing, exercising or defending legal claims
53. I am also required by law to conduct audits of health records, including medical information, for
quality assurance purposes. Your personal and medical information will be treated in accordance with
guidance issued by the Care Quality Commission (England), Health Inspectorate Wales and Healthcare
54. In order to do this, I will not need to use your special categories of personal information and so I
have not identified the additional ground to use your information for this purpose.
55. Legal grounds:
a) My having an appropriate business needs to use your information which does not overly prejudice
56. As a provider of private healthcare services, I need to carry out marketing but am mindful of your
rights and expectations in that regard. As a result, I will only provide you with marketing which is
relevant to my business and only where you have specifically confirmed your consent to do so.
57. Legal grounds:
a) Me having an appropriate business need to use your information which does not overly prejudice
b) You have provided your consent
58. I may disclose your information to the third parties listed below for the purposes described in this
Privacy Notice. This might include:
a) A doctor, nurse, carer or any other healthcare professional involved in your treatment
b) Other members of support staff involved in the delivery of your care, like practice managers,
secretaries, receptionists and porters
c) Anyone that you ask me to communicate with or provide as an emergency contact, for example your
next of kin or carer
d) NHS organisations, including NHS Resolution, NHS England, Department of Health
e) Other private sector healthcare providers
f) Your GP
g) Your dentist
h) Other clinicians (including their medical secretaries)
i) Third parties who assist in the administration of your healthcare, such as insurance companies j)
Private Healthcare Information Network
k) National and other professional research/audit programmes and registries, as detailed under
purpose 4 above
l) Government bodies, including the Ministry of Defence, the Home Office and HMRC
m) Our regulators like the Care Quality Commission, Health Inspectorate Wales and Healthcare
n) The police and other third parties where reasonably necessary for the prevention or detection of
o) Our insurers
p) Debt collection agencies
q) Credit referencing agencies
r) Our third party services providers such as IT suppliers, actuaries, auditors, lawyers, marketing
agencies, document management providers and tax advisers
s) Selected third parties in connection with any sale, transfer or disposal of our business
t) I may also use your personal information to provide you with information about products or services
which may be of interest to you where you have provided your consent for me to do so.
59. I may communicate with these third parties in a variety of ways including, but not limited to,
email, post, fax and telephone.
60. I may also use your personal information to provide you with information about products or
services which may be of interest to you where you have provided your consent for me to do so.
61. If you no longer wish to receive marketing emails, you can click on the “unsubscribe” link that
appears in all of my emails, otherwise you can always contact me using the details set out in section 3
to update your contact preferences.
62. If you no longer wish to receive non-website based marketing information, please contact me.
63. An automated decision is a decision made by computer without any human input, and there will be
no automated decision-making in relation to your treatment or other decisions which will produce
legal or similarly significant effects.
64. I will only keep your personal information for as long as reasonably necessary to fulfil the relevant
purposes set out in this Privacy Notice and in order to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations.
66. I (or third parties acting on my behalf) may store or process information that we collect about you
in countries outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”). Where I make a transfer of your personal
information outside of the EEA I will take the required steps to ensure that your personal information
a) To the extent that it is necessary to do so, I may transfer your personal data outside of the EEA.
67. I will only do so to the extent that it is relevant and necessary. Under certain circumstances, I may
request your consent for such a transfer.
68. If you would like further information regarding the steps I take to safeguard your personal
information, please contact me using the details provided in section 3 above.
69. Please note that we have listed above the current common transfers of personal data outside of
the EEA but it may be necessary, in future, to transfer such data for other purposes. In the event that
it is necessary to do so, we will update this Privacy Notice.
70. Under data protection law you have certain rights in relation to the personal information that I
hold about you. These include rights to know what information I hold about you and how it is used.
71. There will not usually be a charge for handling a request to exercise your rights.
72. If I cannot comply with your request to exercise your rights we will usually tell you why.
73. There are some special rules about how these rights apply to health information as set out in
legislation including the Data Protection Act (current and future), the General Data Protection
Regulation as well as any secondary legislation which regulates the use of personal information.
74. If you make a large number of requests or it is clear that it is not reasonable for me to comply with
a request then we do not have to respond. Alternatively, I can charge for responding.
The right to access your personal information
75. You are usually entitled to a copy of the personal information I hold about you and details about
how I use it.
76. Your information will usually be provided to you in writing, unless otherwise requested. If you
have made the request electronically (e.g. by email) the information will be provided to you by
electronic means where possible.
77. Please note that in some cases I may not be able to fully comply with your request, for example if
your request involves the personal data of another person and it would not be fair to that person to
provide it to you.
78. You are entitled to the following under data protection law. 1. Under Article 15(1) of the GDPR I
must usually confirm whether I have personal information about you. If I do hold personal information
about you I usually need to explain to you:
i. The purposes for which I use your personal information
ii. The types of personal information I hold about you
iii. Who your personal information has been or will be shared with, including in particular organisations
based outside the EEA.
iv. If your personal information leaves the EU, how I will make sure that it is protected
v. Where possible, the length of time I expect to hold your personal information. If that is not
possible, the criteria I use to determine how long I hold your information for
vi. If the personal data I hold about you was not provided by you, details of the source of the
vii. Whether I make any decisions about you solely by computer and if so details of how those decision
are made and the impact they may have on you
viii. Your right to ask me to amend or delete your personal information
ix. Your right to ask me to restrict how your personal information is used or to object to my use of your
x. Your right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office
2. I also need to provide you with a copy of your personal data, provided specific exceptions and
exemptions do not apply.
The right to rectification
79. I take reasonable steps to ensure that the information I hold about you is accurate and complete.
However, if you do not believe this is the case, you can ask me to update or amend it.
80. I may update this Privacy Notice from time to time to ensure that it remains accurate, and the
most up-to-date version can always be found at www.zafnaqui.com. In the event that there are any
material changes to the manner in which your personal information is to be used then I will provide
you with an updated copy of this Privacy Notice.
81. In some circumstances, you have the right to request that I delete the personal information I hold
about you. However, there are exceptions to this right and in certain circumstances I can refuse to
delete the information in question. In particular, for example, I do not have to comply with your
request if it is necessary to keep your information in order to perform tasks which are in the public
interest, including public health, or for the purposes of establishing, exercising or defending legal
82. In some circumstances, I must “pause” our use of your personal data if you ask me to do so,
although I do not have to comply with all requests to restrict my use of your personal information. In
particular, for example, I do not have to comply with your request if it is necessary to keep your
information in order to perform tasks which are in the public interest, including public health, or for
the purposes of establishing, exercise or defending legal claims.
83. In some circumstances, I must transfer personal information that you have provided to you or (if
this is technically feasible) another individual/ organisation of your choice. The information must be
transferred in an electronic format.
84. You can ask me to stop sending you marketing messages at any time and I must comply with your
request. You can do this by contacting me using the details provided at section 3 above.
85. You have a right to not be subject to automatic decisions (i.e. decisions that are made about you by
computer alone) that have a legal or other significant effect on you.
86. Please see section 63 for detail about when we may make automatic decisions about you.
87. If you have been subject to an automated decision and do not agree with the outcome, you can
challenge the decision.
88. In some cases I may need your consent in order for my use of your personal information to comply
with data protection legislation. Where we do this, you have the right to withdraw your consent to
further use of your personal information. You can do this by contacting me using the details provided
at section 3 above.
89. You can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office if you are unhappy with the way that I
have dealt with a request from you to exercise any of these rights, or if you think I have not complied
with our legal obligations.
90. More information can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office website:
91. Making a complaint will not affect any other legal rights or remedies that you have.
92. NHS Digital is currently developing a national programme which will go live on 25 May 2018,
pursuant to which all patients will be able to log their preferences as to sharing of their personal
information. All health and care organisations will be required to uphold patient choices, but only
from March 2020. In the meantime you should make me aware directly of any uses of your data to
which you object.
93. I may update this Privacy Notice from time to time to ensure that it remains accurate. In the event
that these changes result in any material difference to the manner in which I process your personal
data then I will provide you with an updated copy of the Policy.
94. This Privacy Notice was last updated on 31 May 2018
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