So, you have been asked to send an image to your GP. This is what you need to know before you go ahead:
- The image will only be requested if the clinician feels it is necessary to make an accurate clinical assessment. You should have been informed why your GP feels an image is necessary, if you are unsure, please check before proceeding
- There are risks associated with sending any images over the internet—this constitutes a non-secure transfer, as images are not subject to information governance and data protection until they have been received by the Practice. The best method for sending imagers is via our text service AccuRx, as this data (including photos) is sent is encrypted when in transit (when it is sent) and at rest (when it is stored). AccuRx follows the Microsoft Azure NHS Blueprint for Platform-as-a-Service web applications, specifically designed for NHS services.
- By sending an image, it is assumed that you will consent to this image being held on your medical record.
- Once we receive the image, it will be saved to your medical records and then deleted from our NHS encrypted e-mail account.
- If you have been asked to send an image via Accurx, images are retained in line with the Records Management Code of Practice for Health and Social Care 2016. These stored images will not be used for any other purpose without your express consent.
- If you have been asked to send in images of your child, we will ask for your consent on behalf of your child.