With the rise of smart phones, tablets and digital cameras, there has been an increase in the number of patients wanting to record appointments or care at our hospitals. There are many reasons for this – such as the opportunity to re-listen to the information given at a consultation when at home.
Any patients wishing to film, auto-record or photograph any element of their care or treatment must ask for permission from the members of staff caring for them first. Only with permission are patients permitted to record their care. Staff are not under any obligation to be filmed, photographed or recorded, and we ask that patients respect their decision.
Each request is considered on a case by case basis, and there are a number of factors that need to be considered before filming, photography or recording can be agreed:
- Every member of staff involved must agree to take part, or they cannot be filmed, photographed or recorded
- No other members of staff or patients should be accidentally filmed, photographed, or recorded - this is to protect the confidentiality of other patients and staff
- The person carrying out the filming, photography or recording must make it clear to every member of staff involved what it is intended to be used for.
If you have any questions about this, please ask a member of the clinical team.
This guidance is currently under review.