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Data Sharing

National Data Opt-Out

A national data opt-out has been introduced from 25 May 2018 to coincide with the new General Data Protection Regulations (EU). The system will offer patients and the public the opportunity to make an informed choice about whether they wish their confidential patient information to be used just for their individual care and treatment or also used for research and planning purposes.

If you don't want your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you can opt out of this.  If you do opt out, there are some specific situations where your data may still be used.  Data that does not identify you may still also be used.

Your confidential patient information will still be used to support your individual care. Any preference you set using this service will not change this.

If you opt out, your decision will only apply within the health and care system in England.  Your opt-out will not apply to your health data where you have accessed health or care services outside of England, such as in Scotland and Wales.

Manage your choice

You may use the online service, or request a print-and-post form, to make or change your choice at any time. You can also request assistance or make your choice using our telephone service on 0300 303 5678.  If you do not wish to opt out, you don't have to do anything at all.

You can also manage a choice on behalf of another individual by proxy. For example, if you are a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 13.

Manage your choice or continue reading for more information.

Click here to download the download the leaflet "Your data matters to the NHS"

There are also information leaflets in the surgery however Practice Staff cannot opt out for you.

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