Medical Photography and Video Service
The medical photography department provide a medical photography, video service and support service across the Trust.
We employ medical photographers to take your photographs, or video, for your medical records to monitor your condition and treatment. The photographs, or video, can also be used as part of the planning process alongside other tests such as x-rays, scans and blood tests. Our medical photographers are fully qualified and registered with the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS).
When you have photographs or video taken within the hospital you have the choice of how they are used. This is documented on a special consent form that you will be asked to sign by your healthcare professional.
The consent form has three options that you may sign:
- Medical records: to assist with your care and treatment.
- Teaching and research: to train other healthcare professionals.
- Patient to patient: to show to other patients at this hospital who may be having the same treatment as you.
Publication: your photographs or video could be of such interest that a healthcare professional may wish to publish them in a medical journal or textbook. Before they can be used in this way, you will be contacted and asked to sign a separate consent form if you agree to this. Most of these publications are available online and you should be aware that your photographs or video may appear there as well.
Medical photography session
If you are sent to the medical photography department you will be photographed or filmed in our fully equipped photographic studio at James Cook University Hospital. Our photographers aim to reassure you throughout the process and always respect your privacy and dignity.
If you need to undress for your photographs, or video, we will offer you a chaperone that can stay with you during the session to make you more comfortable.
Please note – Medical photography involves the use of flashing lights so if you suffer from any medical condition that might be affected by this, please let your photographer know.
All photographs and video recordings are stored on our secure electronic database to make sure they are safe and secure. This database can only be accessed by the relevant healthcare professionals in the trust.
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust owns the copyright to all clinical photographs and video. In line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR 2018), you can request copies of your medical photographs or video by contacting Patient Subject Access: 01642 854460. There is no fee for this service.
If you cannot attend your appointment, please call us to rearrange a more suitable time.
For further information, please contact Medical Photography on:
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 8.30am – 4:30pm.
Friday: Appointment only. Please contact us to make an appointment.
Please note – we are closed for lunch between 12:30pm and 1pm every day.
James Cook University Hospital
We are located on the ground floor, in a small corridor between Main Outpatients Pharmacy and M&S.
You can find out further information on medical illustration by visiting the following websites:
- The Institute of Medical Illustrators
- The Academy for Healthcare Science
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust would like your feedback. If you wish to share your experience about your care and treatment or on behalf of a patient, please contact The Patient Experience Department who will advise you on how best to do this.
This service is based at The James Cook University Hospital but also covers the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, our community hospitals and community health services.