Priory Veterinary Surgeons Ltd is committed to respecting your privacy.
This policy, together with our Terms and Conditions and any other documents referred to in it, sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you (or that you provide to us), will be held and processed by us. As a veterinary practice, the legal basis on which we do this is known as a ‘legitimate interest’.
By using our websites, registering with us or using our veterinary services you consent to personal information you provide to be held on a database called Animana and other internal systems. As we require this data to treat your animals and for legal reasons it is necessary for the performance of our contract with you, we consider (under section 3, article 6 of the GDPR regulations) that formal, written consent is not required to record this data.
What Information We Collect and Why
When you register as a client with us you will be asked for some essential information including your title, first name, surname, postal address, email address and telephone numbers. These details are collected either in person, by telephone or online, to help us:
- Register your details as a new client or update your details if they change
- Register your pet (s) on our system
- Register your pet on health plans
- Make appointments
- Keep medical records of your pets health and treatment
- Process the fees due for any treatment
- Contact you about your pet, your account or credit status where required;
- Ask you to complete client satisfaction surveys to offer the best service we can
- Let you know about any changes to our services
- Contact you to advise when your pet(s) need timely treatments in the best interests of their health
- We may also automatically collect data such as dates and times of your visits to our Website.
Who We May Sometimes Share Your Data With
- Other vet practices and health care providers including referral centres to ensure your pet’s medical care in the future
- Insurance companies who request a pet’s medical records to process an insurance claim
- Financial data to agencies assisting us with unpaid debt.
- External Laboratories
- Other third parties that you give us permission to do so
- Our waste contractor for shredding
The data controller will ensure we have contracts with the above companies which confirm that your data will be processed following GDPR regulations.
How We Protect Your Information?
Your data is stored securely on our IT providers cloud-based servers. Our IT systems are regularly reviewed and updated to the latest version of windows.
Software is updated daily as required. We have a firewall in place and we have cloud-based antivirus/security software that will contact us immediately if there is any breach and all our systems are password protected.
We endeavour to keep your data up to date and accurate. Please help us keep your data up to date by contacting us if there are any changes. We have in place strict security procedures for the storage and disclosure of your information to prevent unauthorised access.
The transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to and/or through the Website; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.
Protecting Your Security
We may also permit authorised third parties to use your data to provide you with information relating to your pet’s health. You may be contacted by post, telephone, email or SMS where you have consented to receiving such communications.
We may monitor or record telephone calls to ensure our quality standards are maintained and for fraud prevention purposes.
Any data no longer required will be deleted or destroyed securely and confidentially.
Statement on the Use and Disclosure of Personal Data
We may send you SMS, post or emails to contact you about treatments we consider your pet(s) may require in the best interests of their health, for example vaccination reminders. We may also send you health care advice for your pet(s). We consider the above communication vital to maintaining the health of your pet(s) and that it is required for us to offer the level service we strive for. We therefore do not consider it necessary to ask you to opt in to such communications. We will not pass your data onto third parties, without your express permission, other than those indicated above. You can also exercise your right not to receive these communications at any time by contacting the practice.
In order that we can monitor and improve the Website, we may gather certain information about you when you use it, including details of your domain name and IP (Internet Provider) address, operating system and browser. A cookie is an element of data that a website can send to your browser, which may then store it on the hard drive of your computer. Cookies allow us to understand who has seen which pages and advertisements on the Website and to make the Website more user friendly.
You have a right to access the personal data about you that is held by us. To obtain a copy of the personal information please apply in writing to the practice. The request will be passed onto our data controller and your data will be made available within 30 days. You also have a right to request we delete your data.
As your data has to be kept by us for legal reasons we would consult our professional advisers regards any legal requirements to keep any data and inform you of their decision. Legally we have 30 days to exercise this.
17. Date of Publication
This policy was last updated on the 10/11/22.