How do I ensure appropriate use of patient photographs in remote assessments during the Covid-19 pandemic?

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How do I ensure appropriate use of patient photographs in remote assessments during the Covid-19 pandemic?

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The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the use of telephone, online and video consultations as part of core clinical practice, which in turn has raised questions about protecting the patient, informed consent, and how to safely manage the receipt, storage and use of images taken by patients for clinical purposes.

The General Medical Council (GMC) has published advice about remote consultations and the appropriate use of photographs and video consultations as part of patient care on its website at www.gmc-uk.org

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