Since April 2013, under the Health & Social Care Act, the NHS is permitted now to use your
Date of birth
together with treatment data obtained from hospitals and other health providers to
Improve treatment of illness
Assist the direction of local healthcare
Allow Public Health to better manage diseases and any epidemics
Improve public understanding of the outcomes of health care
Guide national decisions about how healthcare is best delivered.
The information will only be used for research to “improve patient care and the services we provide”.
A leaflet about this is available in the reception area or it can be downloaded here as well a Patient Frequently Asked Questions sheet.
Data will be uploaded from GP Surgery systems starting in Autumn 2013.
1. If you are happy for your information to be shared then do nothing. (You can change your mind at a later date).
2. If you are not happy, you an opt out by completing a form available at reception - also downloadable here.