Our first concern is the safety of patients and this needs to extend online. Feeling secure in the way you access medical information, or treatment helps to ensure confidence in the care you receive.
On a website, this should start with knowing you are reading pages hosted with suitable connection security (HTTPS). In most cases, you will see a small padlock in the browser bar, rather than a warning.
The server uses a certificate to confirm the website’s identity, any information you send or receive through the site remains private. Wider adoption of this approach has helped, although being vigilant still matters.
Taking care on sharing information, using strong, variable passwords and being careful where you click all assist online security. Should you encounter serious issues on the web, there are dedicated places to seek help:
- Action Fraud is the place to report online criminal activity, including fraud, phishing, counterfeit goods, or cyber attacks.
- The CEOP Unit are responsible for protecting children from online exploitation and rely on reports from members of the public.
- True Vision is a police sponsored facility to report hate crime, whether this relates to race, disability, or other aspects.
As a dermatologist, we would like to add a note of caution regarding medical websites. False, or misleading claims are not rare on the web, you should also take care when buying any medication online.
This can turn out to be not prescribed by a healthcare professional, poor quality, counterfeit, out of date, or directly harmful to your health. Sticking with established providers for online medication makes sense.
Using This Website
You will have seen that our site runs on an https connection, helpful for browsing and when you need to share personal information. Other security is in place, including monitoring for unwanted intrusion.
Our site is supported by the Website Report Service, to help ensure a safe environment and usability. In depth information can be needed for a medical website, although fast, accurate performance still counts.
We use a specialist web hosting company, suited to our content management system and to meeting the demands of a busy medical website in a secure way.
Our privacy and data policies are patient friendly, website search is available from each page. Information for patients is readily provided, as are contact details and a summary of regulatory cover.
These are signs you should look for as a matter of trust, on any website and particularly on a medical website. We hope you find our online facilities safe and transparent, part of providing up to date care.