8 May 2012

    Q. I have been asked by another practice to supply the radiographs of a patient who has moved away. As the request came from the practice manager do I need the written permission of the patient and what fee can I make for the service

    Owing to the confidential nature of dental records, it is best practice to receive verbal or written consent from the patient and this can be documented. Radiographs can be copied and handed to the patient or posted by secure delivery. A reasonable copying charge can be applied up to £50 as stated in the Data Protection Act 1998. Digital images can be shared more readily than images taken on film and the copying charge can be reduced accordingly.

    Dental Protection Limited is registered in England (No. 2374160) and is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Medical Protection Society Limited (MPS) which is registered in England (No.36142). Both companies use Dental Protection as a trading name and have their registered office at 33 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PS.

    Dental Protection Limited serves and supports the dental members of MPS with access to the full range of benefits of membership, which are all discretionary, and set out in MPS’s Memorandum and Articles of Association. MPS is not an insurance company. Dental Protection® is a registered trademark of MPS.

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