Yes, osteopathy is an extremely safe form of natural healthcare, as it supports the body’s own healing and self-repair mechanisms.
It is safe for all ages, from babies through to the elderly.
The minimum qualification for an osteopath is completion of a four-year degree, which includes at least 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice.
Osteopaths are registered allied health professionals within the UK, held to clear standards of practice by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).
New Patient 1 hour £50
Follow-up 40 minutes £50
Mum and Baby Special £80 – An appointment for you and your baby. (Baby to be under 1 year old to be eligible).
If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment please allow as much notice as possible so we can offer the slot to other patients.
If you cancel within 24 hours of your appointment the clinic may still charge you for the full appointment fee.
During your first appointment I will listen to your story and take a detailed case history of the current problems and any past significant events such as injuries and illnesses, and medical treatment history. If you have a prescription or have results of any medical imaging or investigations then bringing them with you is very helpful.
I will carry out a thorough examination of the whole body, as well as the area causing a problem. It may be necessary to ask you to undress to fully examine an area, so wearing suitable underwear, leggings/shorts and/or a vest top is a good idea.
I'll discuss my findings with you and recommend a course of action to take, usually including some osteopathic treatment that day and home management advice.
Sometimes I will recommend a referral to another health professional such as your GP, to help you get the best care possible.
Treatment often includes soft tissue work (massage), gentle stretches and joint articulations (movements), and cranial osteopathy. Wearing loose, stretchy clothing is helpful so that you feel comfortable throughout.
After treatment at the end of the appointment, home exercises may be discussed, and any necessary follow up appointment will be booked.
You are welcome to bring a relative, friend or chaperone with you to any of your appointments. Children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.
No. I can treat your child in a position that is comfortable for them.
It isn’t realistic to expect a child to remain still in the way an adult could during treatment. My treatment of children often takes place while they are being engaged in quiet play, or being read to. If your child or baby has a favourite toy, or book, bringing it to the appointment may help keep them entertained.
The number of appointments you’ll need is individual to you and varies person to person, however I will always outline a treatment plan with you during your consultation, and review it at each session.
Significant improvement in acute symptoms is often felt after the first 1-2 sessions, but further appointments may be needed to get you fully back to your normal activities.
New Patient consultations last 1 hour to allow me time to listen to your story and take a detailed case history, as well as performing examination and treatment*
During follow-up we don’t usually need to gather as much information, as we already have it from our first appointment, so the follow-up session is shorter, focusing on treatment to make you feel better.
* We do our utmost to provide treatment at the first consultation, however occasionally due to time constraints or when medically indicated to be inappropriate, treatment may not be possible.
No there is no need to have a referral from your GP, although if you are on any medication or have had any medical tests/imaging (x-rays, MRI’s etc) then it is useful if you can bring the prescription list, as well as any test results with you to your osteopathic appointment.
Many health insurance companies do cover osteopathy, but each has it’s own set of requirements so please check with them that you will be covered, and let your osteopath know that you want to use your insurance cover.
This document refers to personal data, which is defined as information concerning any living person (a natural person who hereafter will be called the Data Subject) that is not already in the public domain.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is EU wide and far more extensive than its predecessor the Data Protection Act, along with the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR), seek to protect and enhance the rights of EU data subjects. These rights cover the safeguarding of personal data, protection against the unlawful processing of personal data and the unrestricted movement of personal data within the EU and its storage within the EEA.
1 - Emma Goffe, based at Hygge House 659 Melton Road, Leicester, which hereafter for the purposes of this Privacy Notice will be referred to as the Osteopaths, is pleased to provide the following information:
2 - Who we are
The Osteopaths diagnose and treat health conditions. Treatments are carried out in accordance with the Institute of Osteopathy’s patient charter http://www.iosteopathy.org/osteopathy/the-patient-charter/. The practice may also provide other treatments, about which our staff will be pleased to provide more details.
3 - Personal Data
a) For the purposes of providing treatment, Osteopaths may require detailed medical information. We will only collect what is relevant and necessary for your treatment. When you visit our practice, we will make notes which may include details concerning your medication, treatment and other issues affecting your health. This data is always held securely, is not shared with anyone not involved in your treatment, although for data storage purposes it may be handled by pre-vetted staff who have all signed an integrity and confidentiality agreement. To be able to process your personal data it is a condition of any treatment that you give your explicit consent to allow Osteopaths to document and process your personal medical data. Contact details provided by you such as telephone numbers, email addresses, postal addresses may be used to remind you of future appointments and provide reports or other information concerning your treatment. As part of our obligations as primary healthcare practitioners there may be circumstances related to your treatment, on-going care or medical diagnosis that will require the sharing of your medical records with other healthcare practitioners e.g GPs, consultants, surgeons and/or medical insurance companies. Where this is required we will always inform you first unless we are under a legal obligation to comply.
b) For marketing purposes, the Osteopaths may also use the contact details provided by you to respond to your enquiries, including making telephone contact and emailing information to you, which the practice believes may be of interest to you.
c) In making initial contact with the practice you consent to Osteopaths maintaining a marketing dialogue with you until you either opt out (which you can do at any time) or we decide to desist in promoting our services. Osteopathsmay occasionally also act on behalf of its patients in the capacity of data processor, when we may promote other practitioners based at our premises, who may not be employed by us. Osteopaths do not broker your data and you can ask to be removed from our marketing database by emailing or phoning the practice using the contact details provided at the end of this Privacy Notice.
d) Some basic personal data may be collected about you from the marketing forms and surveys you complete, from records of our correspondence and phone calls and details of your visits to our website, including but not limited to, personally identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.
f) Osteopaths will only collect the information needed so that we can provide you with the services you require, the business does not sell or broker your data.
4 - Legal basis for processing any personal data
To meet our contractual obligations obtained from explicit Patient Consent and legitimate interest to respond to enquiries concerning the services provided.
5 - Legitimate interests pursued by Osteopaths
To promote treatments for patients with all types of health problems indicated for osteopathic care.
6 – Consent
Through agreeing to this privacy notice you are consenting to Osteopaths processing your personal data for the purposes outlined. You can withdraw consent at any time by using the postal, email address or telephone number provided at the end of this Privacy Notice.
7 – Disclosure
Osteopaths will keep your personal information safe and secure, only staff engaged in providing your treatment will have access to your patient records, although our administration team will have access to your contact details so that they can make appointments and manage your account. Osteopaths will not disclose your Personal Information unless compelled to, in order to meet legal obligations, regulations or valid governmental requests. The practice may also enforce its Terms and Conditions, including investigating potential violations of its Terms and Conditions to detect, prevent or mitigate fraud or security or technical issues; or to protect against imminent harm to the rights, property or safety of its staff.
8 - Retention Policy
Osteopaths will process personal data during the duration of any treatment and will continue to store only the personal data needed for eight years after the contract has expired to meet any legal obligations. After eight years all personal data will be deleted, unless basic information needs to be retained by us to meet our future obligations to you, such as erasure details. Records concerning minors who have received treatment will be retained until the child has reached the age of 25.
9 - Data storage
All Data is held in the United Kingdom. Where data is held outside of the UK the storage provider is GDPR compliant.
10 - Your rights as a data subject
At any point whilst Osteopaths are in possession of, or processing your personal data, all data subjects have the following rights:
- Right of access – you have the right to request a copy of the information that we hold about you.
- Right of rectification – you have a right to correct data that we hold about you that is inaccurate or incomplete.
- Right to be forgotten – in certain circumstances you can ask for the data we hold about you to be erased from our records.
- Right to restriction of processing – where certain conditions apply you have a right to restrict the processing.
- Right of portability – you have the right to have the data we hold about you transferred to another organisation.
- Right to object – you have the right to object to certain types of processing such as direct marketing.
- Right to object to automated processing, including profiling – you also have the right not to be subject to the legal effects of automated processing or profiling.
In the event that Osteopaths refuses your request under rights of access, we will provide you with a reason as to why, which you have the right to legally challenge. At your request Osteopaths can confirm what information it holds about you and how it is processed.
11 - You can request the following information:
- Identity and the contact details of the person or organisation (Osteopaths) that has determined how and why to process your data.
- Contact details of the data protection officer, where applicable.
- The purpose of the processing as well as the legal basis for processing.
- If the processing is based on the legitimate interests of Osteopaths and information about these interests.
- The categories of personal data collected, stored and processed.
- Recipient(s) or categories of recipients that the data is/will be disclosed to.
- How long the data will be stored.
- Details of your rights to correct, erasure, restrict or object to such processing.
- Information about your right to withdraw consent at any time.
- How to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority (ICO).
- Whether the provision of personal data is a statutory or contractual requirement, or a requirement necessary to enter into a contract, as well as whether you are obliged to provide the personal data and the possible consequences of failing to provide such data.
- The source of personal data if it wasn’t collected directly from you.
- Any details and information of automated decision making, such as profiling, and any meaningful information about the logic involved, as well as the significance and expected consequences of such processing.
12- To access what personal data is held, identification will be required
Osteopaths will accept the following forms of identification (ID) when information on your personal data is requested: a copy of your driving licence, passport, birth certificate and a utility bill not older than three months. A minimum of one piece of photographic ID listed above and a supporting document is required. If Osteopaths is dissatisfied with the quality, further information may be sought before personal data can be released. All requests should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org by phoning +44 (0) 7891255712 or writing to us at the address further below.
In the event that you wish to make a complaint about how your personal data is being processed by Osteopaths you have the right to complain to us. If you do not get a response within 30 days, you can complain to the ICO.
The details for each of these contacts are:
Telephone: 07891255712 or email: email@example.com or by post to: Emma Goffe Family Osteopaths, Hygge House, 659 Melton Road, Leicester LE4 8ED
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AFTelephone +44 (0) 303 123 1113 or email: https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/