How We Use Your Medical Records

We collect and hold data about you for the purpose of providing safe and effective healthcare. 

This privacy notice explains why we collect information about you, how that information may be used, how we keep it safe and confidential and what your rights are in relation to this. 

How We Use Your Information

General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection 

As of 1st July 2021, your data will be shared with NHS Digital to help improve health, care and services. See more information here:

Collecting GP data

Patient data from GP medical records kept by GP practices in England is used every day to improve health, care and services through planning and research, helping to find better treatments and improve patient care. The NHS is introducing an improved way to share this information - called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection.

NHS Digital will collect, analyse, publish and share this patient data to improve health and care services for everyone. This includes:

  • informing and developing health and social care policy
  • planning and commissioning health and care services
  • taking steps to protect public health (including managing and monitoring the coronavirus pandemic)
  • in exceptional circumstances, providing you with individual care
  • enabling healthcare and scientific research

Any data that NHS Digital collects will only be used for health and care purposes. It is never shared with marketing or insurance companies.

NHS Digital will not collect any patient data for patients who have already registered a Type 1 Opt-out in line with current policy. If this changes patients who have registered a Type 1 Opt-out will be informed.

If you do not want your patient data shared with NHS Digital, you can register a Type 1 Opt-out with us. This collection will start on 1 July 2021 so if you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital please register your Type 1 Opt-out with the surgery by completing and submitting the form below by 23 June 2021. If you do not have a printer you can pick up a form from reception. Please do not call the practice for a form.

If you register a Type 1 Opt-out after your patient data has already been shared with NHS Digital, no more of your data will be shared with NHS Digital. NHS Digital will however still hold the patient data which was shared with us before you registered the Type 1 Opt-out.

If you do not want NHS Digital to share your identifiable patient data with anyone else for purposes beyond your own care, then you can also register a National Data Opt-out (also known as Type 2 Opt out). 

What do you need to do? 

If you are happy for your data to be shared as above, and haven't previously Opt'd out - you do not need to do anything.

Type 1 Opt-out - to stop sharing your details with NHS digital (or to opt back in, if you have previously opt'd out)

Complete this opt-out form and submit to us by 23rd June 2021

Type 2 Opt-out - National Data Opt-out - to stop NHS Digital sharing your identifiable patient data with anyone else for purposes beyond your own care

You can only  do this via the following ways, we cannot opt you out of Type 2

You need to, either;