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.