Confidential information from your medical records can be used by the NHS to improve the services offered so we can provide the best possible care for everyone.
This information along with your postcode and NHS number but not your name, are sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information.
This allows those planning NHS services or carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you.
You have a choice. If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything.
If you have any concerns or wish to prevent this from happening, please speak to practice staff or ask at reception for a copy of the leaflet “How information about you helps us to provide better care”. If you wish to opt out you can go to www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters for more information and set a 'national data opt-out' or simply call 0300 3035678. Unfortunately this 'opt-ou' can no longer be set by a GP surgery.
From May 25th 2018 new EU laws come into effect that require us to confirm that any personal data we may hold about our patients is held with the consent of those patients. This is known as the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR.
These changes mean that you now have more control over how your data is used.
We have updated our privacy notice which explains what data we collect, why we collect it, how we use it, who we share it with and other information relating to your data privacy.
Unless you request otherwise, we can use your mobile number to send you information and reminders directly relating to your personal healthcare, when appropriate. If you would also like to receive occasional texts keeping you informed of all the services that the surgery can offer and asking you for feedback on how you feel we are doing there is a separate opt-in form here.