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Cameras, video and social media

Cameras and videos

Cameras and mobile phone cameras must not be used to photograph other patients, patient records and information, and data or information belonging to the Trust, including images of screens. This is to protect the privacy and dignity of patients and staff.

The Trust understands that there may be occasions where patients want a procedure filmed. All such requests must be made in writing to the clinical team and agreed by all parties beforehand. The Trust reserves the right to refuse or withdraw permission to film.

There is no need for photos to be taken of clinical records. All patients have a right to access their information. Please see the Access to Your Health Records section.


Social media

Patients and visitors are asked to be considerate when posting on social media while in hospital – in particular, the posting of images which could compromise other patients’ privacy.

Staff are encouraged to challenge what they consider to be inappropriate online behaviour and will report their concerns. Any subsequent abuse directed at staff will also be acted on.

Staff should not be contacted on social media. It is against professional codes of conduct for staff to engage with patients in this manner.