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Medical photography

Medical photography is primarily used to record detailed and accurate images to assist clinicians in diagnosis and monitoring of patient conditions, disease and progress. With your specific consent they could also be used for teaching and research purposes.

The department is open for patient photographs Monday to Friday 09.30 to 16.00.  Please telephone the department on 01702 385093 to make an appointment.  This will normally be offered within 48 hours.

Please remember to bring the clinical photography consent form with you to your appointment.

Your consent

You will be asked to consent to having your photographs taken at the hospital. You have the right to know how your photographs are used, and you have the right to change your mind about the permission you have agreed to at any time. If you wish to withdraw your consent please contact the department as soon as possible after your attendance. Please note that it will not be possible to remove photographs from the public domain once they have been published.

Referral process

Your doctor or clinical nurse specialist would have discussed the need to refer you to Medical Photography and will have given you a yellow refferal form which you should read, sign and bring with you to the department at your appointment time. For patients under the age of 16 a parent or guardian's consent is required.

Your health records

The main purpose of your photographs will be for your own personal health records. It may be necessary to forward your photographs to other hospitals in relation to your on-going care. 

Teaching & publication

Your consultant or doctor may speak to you about the possibility of using your photographs for teaching and/or publication. They will explain the purpose and intended media and will ask for your consent.  Most medical publications will appear online and you should be aware that images may appear there too. This also relates to any non-medical photographs that may be taken of you for hospital publication.

Medico legal

We offer a service to other NHS Trusts, private patients and local and national solicitors for recording of medical condition or scars/injury resulting from an accident or assault. These photographs are taken in accordance with national guidelines and are admissible in court. There are charges for this service. Please contact our finance team for details.

Contact us

Medical photography:                                 01702 385093