Coronavirus: medical photography update
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, please read our advice and information before sending any photos to us.
How do I get an appointment?
We are a drop in service, please come along with your form and we will do our best to fit you in. Currently, appointments are available from 9am-1pm and 2pm-4.45pm.
You can also book your appointments using our online system:
Changing your appointment
Our photography department also offers an online booking service.
Before your appointment
Please bring your medical photography request form with you for your photography session to take place.
What to expect at your appointment
You will be invited into the studio and the photographer will explain exactly what is required. If you are deemed unable to attend the studio by the clinical staff looking after you, the photographer will come and visit you in the clinic or on the ward at an agreed time.
Depending on the area of the body being photographed, the photographer may ask you to remove some of your clothing and jewellery. You can request a photographer of the same sex, and we will always do our best to accommodate. Alternatively, you will be asked if you would be prepared to be photographed with a chaperone. However, if one is not available, you may have to wait or come back another day.
Clinical photography consent
The photographs are securely stored on our Trust’s password-protected electronic system (database). Only medical photographers and authorised medical staff can view the images. Copyright on the photographs belongs to the Trust. It is illegal for anyone to make copies of them for their own purpose and is subject to data protection legislation.
You can choose your own level of consent before the photographs are taken and this will be explained fully by the clinical member of staff requesting the photographic recording. Depending on your choice, the photographs may also be used for teaching and training medical staff, or for publication in medical books and journals or for online teaching. However, you need to be aware that once the images have been published in the public domain, the Trust no longer has control over future use.
If you do not want your photographs used this way, please let the clinical staff member seeking your consent know, or the medical photographer prior to the session if possible and we can amend the consent level if necessary.
If you change your mind about your level of consent at a later time, you can email or write to our department and in consultation with your doctor, we will update your records for you. We will however, need confirmation of your new level of consent in writing from you before we can make any changes. However, you may want to discuss this with your doctor first.