National Data Opt-Out

Your Data Matters to the NHS

In May 2018, the strict rules about how this data can and cannot be used were strengthened. The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used.


How your data is used

Your health and care information is used to improve your individual care. It is also used

to help us research new treatments, decide where to put GP clinics and plan for the

number of doctors and nurses in your local hospital. Wherever possible we try to use

data that does not identify you, but sometimes it is necessary to use your

confidential patient information.


What is confidential patient information?

Confidential patient information identifies you and says something about your health,

care or treatment. You would expect this information to be kept private. Information

that only identifies you, like your name and address, is not considered confidential

patient information and may still be used: for example, to contact you if your GP

practice is merging with another.


Who can use your confidential patient

It is used by the NHS, local authorities, university and hospital researchers, medical

colleges and pharmaceutical companies researching new treatments.


Making your data opt-out choice

You can choose to opt out of sharing your confidential patient information for research

and planning. There may still be times when your confidential patient information is

used: for example, during an epidemic where there might be a risk to you or to

other people’s health. You can also still consent to take part in a specific

research project.


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

No, your confidential patient information will still be used for your individual care.

Choosing to opt out will not affect your care and treatment. You will still be invited

for screening services, such as screenings for bowel cancer.


What should you do next?

You do not need to do anything if you are happy about how your confidential patient

information is used. If you do not want your confidential patient information to be used for

research and planning, you can choose to opt out securely online or through

a telephone service. You can change your choice at any time by visiting or telephone 0300 303 5678



Summary Care Record

There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.


Why do I need a Summary Care Record?

Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.

This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for you.

Who can see it?

Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record. 

How do I know if I have one?

All patients registered at Hillview Medical Centre have a Summary Care Record unless they have completed a form to opt out

Do I have to have one?

No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page.

More Information

For further information visit the NHS Care records website or the HSCIC Website

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Easy read leaflet - Summary Care Record