In July 2021 we introduced our text messaging service, allowing us to communicate better with you. To use this service, we need you to “opt in”. All patients who have not previously consented are opted out of this service. As of July 2021, approximately 30% of our 10,000+ patients have opted in.
If you are over 16 years of age and have a mobile phone, you can 'opt in' to this service. Please fill out the consent form to register for text messaging updates. We may already have registered your consent in a patient registration form, or during a consultation/phone call.
Text messages may contain information including details of your appointment (time, date and/or clinician), test results or chronic disease reminders. All texts sent from us will be from a mobile number but will always have “Slateford MP” so you know the message is from us. No identifiable information or clinical diagnoses will ever be sent via text message.
Unless you have previously consented to this service and wish to revoke consent, you do not need to contact us to opt out.
The Benefits of Opting Into This Service Are:
- Receive appointment reminders by text
- Receive important information from the GP / Nurse / Admin regarding results, cancelled clinics etc.
- Receive annual chronic disease invites via text
- Participate in short questionnaires to update your medical record (e.g. smoking/alcohol/exercise status)
New Data Protection Regulations from May 2018 (GDPR)
Under the new data protection regulations introduced from 25th May 2018, we will continue to contact patients via text messages regarding the delivery of care if they have provided consent to do so.
If practices are sending messages about recommended treatment for the management of a specific health issue, then this is defined as providing appropriate care for patients, not marketing purposes.
If you would like to opt-out of any future contact via text messaging, then please contact us directly by phone or email.