Your health records contain a type of data called confidential patient information. This data can be used to help with research and planning.
You can choose to stop your confidential patient information being used for research and planning. You can also make a choice for someone else like your children under the age of 13.
Your choice will only apply to the health and care system in England. This does not apply to health or care services accessed in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
What is confidential patient information?
Confidential patient information is when 2 types of information from your health records are joined together.
The 2 types of information are:
- something that can identify you
- something about your health care or treatment
For example, your name joined with what medicine you take.
Identifiable information on its own is used by health and care services to contact patients and this is not confidential patient information.
How the NHS use your confidential patient information
Your individual care
Health and care staff may use your confidential patient information to help with your treatment and care. For example, when you visit your GP they may look at your records for important information about your health.
Research and planning
Confidential patient information might also be used to:
- plan and improve health and care services
- research and develop cures for serious illnesses
You can stop your confidential patient information being used for research and planning. https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/ . Alternatively you can phone: 0300 303 5678.
If you're happy with your confidential patient information being used for research and planning you do not need to do anything.
Any choice you make will not impact your individual care.
Your Data Matters Patient Leaflet
Data protection/Privacy notice
On 25th May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation, known as GDPR, came into effect. GDPR imposes additional obligations on organisations and gives you extra rights around how your data is used.
Please see below our Privacy notice which gives more information on the data we hold on you, what we do with that data, who we share your data with and your rights under GDPR.
A copy of our Privacy notice is below, along with a COVID-19 Privacy notice. For more information about the COVID-19 data please refer to: https://digital.nhs.uk/coronavirus/gpes-data-for-pandemic-planning-and-research/general-practice-transparency-notice
GDPR Privacy Notice - updated May 2021
COVID privacy Notice (extended until Sep 2021)
Please find a copy of a leaflet that is available in the practice outlining How we use your information:
How we use your information leaflet