What to expect
On arrival to the department you will be booked in and your personal details will be checked.
You will then be asked into the studio where the clinical photographer will explain the procedure to you and ask for your consent to be photographed.
Depending on which part of the body needs photographing, you may be asked to remove jewellery, make-up and /or clothing. The photographer will also explain and show you how you will need to sit or stand.
We make every effort to maintain our patients’ dignity but it is important that we photograph your clinical condition as accurately as possible with the minimum of distraction.
Please note: The flash lighting used will be quite bright.
Sometimes mirrors and retractors may be used to assist with seeing into the mouth and hair bands or grips may be used to keep hair away from the face.
If you feel uncomfortable at any time or wish to have a chaperone present please tell the photographer.
On occasions, when photographs of a sensitive nature are required, it may not be possible for the same sex photographer to take the photographs. On these occasions a chaperone will be present. Often the chaperone will be behind a screen and will concentrate on the photographer’s actions and not you, the patient.
If you are at all unhappy with being photographed by a photographer of the opposite sex, we will be happy to re-book your appointment. However, if the condition is likely to change before a new appointment is made it would be advisable to go ahead with the existing appointment.
For further information about East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust’s consent, read our Clinical Photography and Video Recording policy.
For more details about consent and ownership of photos, please visit the 'Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)' tab above.