Sharing Your Medical Data

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We are aware of a short notice requirement from NHS Digital regarding the extraction of medical data from your records on or after 1st September 2021.

We are advised that the data will be anonymised and used to help with NHS research and planning of services.

We believe this to be true to a point but at this point, are uncertain as to what other purposes your health data may be used, and in the future after your data has been extracted from your records.

We are also uncertain about the degree to which the health data can be traced back to you as an individual.

This video from eGPLearning may help you to decide if opt out is right for you

There are a number of things you need to know and possibly TWO things you need to do if you do not want this to happen.

  1. Click here to update the NHS on your data sharing preferences. This is to prevent the data held by other healthcare settings being extracted (such as outside your GP practice, e.g. hospital or community records). You can also set your preference for the National Data opt out in the ‘data sharing preferences’ section of the NHS App
  2. Click here to let the practice know you don’t want us to share your data with NHS Digital.  This is called a Type 1 Opt Out Form and it needs sending back to us. We need this back at least the week before 1st September 2021 to meet the timescale set by NHS Digital.
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