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Data Choices

Your Electronic Health Record

Today your electronic records are kept in most places you receive healthcare, for example; your GP Surgery or Out of Hours clinic.

This Practice uses the clinical computer software called SystmOne, which enables your full electronic record to be shared to anyone involved in your direct care, across different healthcare services. These can include:

  • GP Practices
  • Community Services, such as District Nurses
  • Child Health Organisations
  • Community Hospitals
  • Care Homes
  • Pharmacies
  • Palliative Care Hospices and Community Services
  • Accident and Emergenct departments
  • Social Care Organisations
  • NHS Mental Health Trusts
  • NHS Hospital Trusts
  • Offender Healthcare providers

Why is Sharing my Health Information important?

Your electronic health record contains lots of information about you, including: your medical history, and medication you take, any allergies you suffer from and demographic information such as your address and next of kin.

A shared record ensures care providers always have the most accurate, up-to-date information. They rely on their colleagues sharing accurate and relevant data in a timely way to provide you with safe and efficient care.

You have choices about whether or not your information is available to providers who care for you.

You can obtain a consent form for record sharing by CLICKING HERE or from the Reception Desk.

Your Data Matters to the NHS

Information about your health and care helps us to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments. The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used.

How your data is used

Information about your individual care such as treatment and diagnoses is collected about you whenever you use health and care services. It is also used to help us and other organisations for research and planning such as research into new treatments, deciding where to put GP clinics and planning for the number of doctors and nurses in your local hospital.  It is only used in this way when there is a clear legal basis to use the information to help improve health and care for you, your family and future generations.

Wherever possible we try to use data that does not identify you, but sometimes it is necessary to use your confidential patient information.

You have a choice

You do not need to do anything if you are happy about how your 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 mind about your choice at any time.

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

No, choosing to opt out will not affect how information is used to support your care and treatment. You will still be invited for screening services, such as screenings for bowel cancer.

What do you need to do?

If you are happy for your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you do not need to do anything.

To find out more about the benefits of data sharing, how data is protected, or to make/change your opt-out choice visit

Download a copy of the patient leaflet

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