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Data choices and privacy notices

Data Choices

Your Data Matters to the NHS

Information about your health and care helps us to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments. The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used.

How your data is used

Information about your individual care such as treatment and diagnoses is collected about you whenever you use health and care services. It is also used to help us and other organisations for research and planning such as research into new treatments, deciding where to put GP clinics and planning for the number of doctors and nurses in your local hospital.  It is only used in this way when there is a clear legal basis to use the information to help improve health and care for you, your family and future generations.

Wherever possible we try to use data that does not identify you, but sometimes it is necessary to use your confidential patient information.

You have a choice

You do not need to do anything if you are happy about how your information is used. There are currently two types of data opt-outs:

Type 1 - which relates to medical records held at the GP Practice

If you do not want your confidential patient information held in your GP medical record to be used for purposes other than your individual care, you can complete the Type 1 opt-out form and return it to the practice so that it can be recorded on your records. Type 1 Opt-Out Form

Type 2 - which relates to information held by NHS Digital

Type 2 have now been replaced by a national opt-out.  Therefore, if you do not want NHS Digital to share confidential information that has been collected from across the health and care service for purposes other than your individual care, you can opt-out online at www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters or via the telephone service on: 0300 303 5678.

Will choosing this opt-out affect your care and treatment?

No, choosing to opt out will not affect how information is used to support your care and treatment. You will still be invited for screening services, such as screenings for bowel cancer.

What do you need to do?

If you are happy for your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you do not need to do anything.

To find out more about the benefits of data sharing, how data is protected, or to make/change your opt-out choice visit www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters

Privacy Notices

Privacy Notice & How We Use Your Data

For more information about how we use your data, please see the links below to the practice privacy notice and 'how we use your data' leaflet.

Privacy Notice- V2.3 - June 2021

COVID privacy notice - V1.4-extended until Sep 2021

How we use your information leaflet



 
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