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Doctors' use of social media

This guidance tells you the benefits and risks to consider when using social media platforms such as Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube for patient care or discussing patients and their care.

It includes how to avoid breaching confidentiality. It also deals with other issues like what to do if a patient contacts you through your personal profile. And whether it’s ever acceptable to post anonymously.

This guidance came into effect 22 April 2013.

Download the guidance

You can download the guidance in English or Welsh.