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DATA PROTECTION PRIVACY NOTICE

Watermelonwell holds some information about you. This document outlines how that information is used, who I may share that information with and how I keep it secure. This notice does not provide exhaustive detail. However, I am happy to provide any additional information or explanation needed. Any requests for this should be sent to me at hello@watermelonwell.com I keep my Privacy Notice under regular review. This Privacy Notice was last reviewed in April 2018.

What I Do

I provide a nutritional advice service to clients to improve their health through diet and lifestyle interventions.  I focus on preventative healthcare, the optimisation of physical and mental health and chronic health conditions.  Through the nutrition and naturopathy consultation I aim to understand the underlying causes of your health issues which I will seek to address through personalised dietary therapy, supplementation and lifestyle changes.

How I Obtain Your Personal Data

Information provided by you

You provide me with personal data in the following ways:

  • By completing a nutritional therapy questionnaire

  • During a nutritional therapy consultation

  • Through email, over the telephone or by post

This may include the following information:

  • basic details such as name, address, contact details and next of kin

  • details of contact we have had with you such as referrals and appointment requests

  • health information including your previous medical history, dietary, lifestyle, supplement and medicine details, biochemical test results, clinic notes and health improvement plans

  • GP contact information

I use this information in order to provide you with direct healthcare. This means that the legal basis of me holding your personal data is for legitimate interest.  

Following completion of your healthcare I retain your personal data for a period of time which enables me to process any complaint you may make. In this case the legal basis of me holding your personal data is for contract administration.

Information I get from other sources

I may obtain sensitive medical information in the form of test results from biochemical testing companies.  I use this information in order to provide you with direct healthcare. This means that the legal basis of our holding your personal data is for legitimate interest.   

I may obtain sensitive information from other healthcare providers.  The provision of this information is subject to you giving me your express consent. If I do not receive this consent from you, I will not be able to coordinate your healthcare with that provided by other providers which means the healthcare I provide may be less effective.

How I use your personal data

I act as a data controller for use of your personal data to provide direct healthcare.  I also act as a controller and processor in regard to the processing of your data from third parties such as testing companies and other healthcare providers. 

I undertake all necessary steps to protect your personal data, including any health and contact details, in a manner which is consistent with my duty of professional confidence and the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) concerning data protection.  I will also take reasonable security measures to protect your personal data storage.

I may use your personal data where there is an overriding public interest in using the information e.g. in order to safeguard an individual, or to prevent a serious crime.  Also where there is a legal requirement such as a formal court order. I may use your data for marketing purposes such as newsletters but this would be subject to you giving your express consent.

Do you share my information with other organisations?

I will keep information about you confidential. I may share your information with supplement companies and biochemical testing companies as part of providing you with direct healthcare.  I will not include any sensitive information  

I will seek your express consent before sharing your information with your GP or other healthcare providers.  However if I believe that your life is in danger then I may pass your information onto an appropriate authority (such as the police, social services in the case of a child or vulnerable adult, or GP in case of self-harm) using the legal basis of vital interests.

I may share your case history in an anonymised form with my peers for the purpose of professional development.  This may be at clinical supervision meetings, conferences, online forums, and through publishing in medical journals, trade magazines or online professional sites.  I will seek your explicit consent before processing your data in this way.

What are your rights? 

Every individual has the right to see, amend, delete or have a copy, of data held that can identify you, with some exceptions. You do not need to give a reason to see your data. 

You have the right, subject to exemptions, to ask to: 

  • Have your information deleted

  • Have your information corrected or updated where it is no longer accurate

  • Ask us to stop processing information about you where we are not required to do so by law.

  • Receive a copy of your personal data, which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine readable format and have the right to transmit that data to another controller, without hindrance from me. 

  • Object at any time to the processing of personal data concerning you

I do not carry out any automated processing, which may lead to automated decision based on your personal data. 

What safeguards are in place to ensure data that identifies me is secure? 

I only use information that may identify you in accordance with GDPR. This requires me to process personal data only if there is a legitimate basis for doing so and that any processing must be fair and lawful. Within the health sector, I also have to follow the common law duty of confidence, which means that where identifiable information about you has been given in confidence, it should be treated as confidential and only shared for the purpose of providing direct healthcare. I will protect your information, inform you of how your information will be used, and allow you to decide if and how your information can be shared. 

I also ensure the information I hold is kept in secure locations, restrict access to information to authorised personnel only, protect personal and confidential information held on equipment such as laptops with encryption (which masks data so that unauthorised users cannot see or make sense of it). I ensure external data processors that support us are legally and contractually bound to operate and prove security arrangements are in place where data that could or does identify a person are processed. 

How long do you hold confidential information for? 

All records held by Watermelonwell will be kept for the duration specified by guidance from the professional association BANT.

If you have a complaint regarding the use of your personal data then please contact me by email hello@watermelonwell.com and I will do my best to help you.