The information below can also be found at NHS Digital.
Sharing your records
Information about you is used in a number of ways by the NHS and social care services to support your personal care and to improve health and social care services for everyone.
NHS Digital is the national NHS organisation with a legal responsibility to collect data as people make use of NHS and social care services.
The data is used locally and nationally to help with planning, managing your care, supporting research into new treatments, identifying trends and issues and so forth, and is used to try to make services better for all.
You can, however, choose not to have information about you shared or used for any purpose beyond providing your own treatment or care. For further information see our FAQs section.
Your right to opt out
You can choose not to have anything that could identify you shared beyond your GP practice. You can also choose for NHS Digital not to share information it collects from health providers any further.
If you have previously told your GP practice that you don’t want NHS Digital to share your personal confidential information for purposes other than your own care and treatment, your opt-out will have been implemented by them. It will remain in place unless you change it.
To register an opt-out click here and following the steps online to opt-out
You can find more information on the NHS Digital website.