How the NHS and care services use your information
Ling House Medical Centre is one of many organisations working in the health and care system to improve care for patients and the public.
Whenever you use a health or care service, such as attending Accident & Emergency or using Community Care services, important information about you is collected in a patient record for that service. Collecting this information helps to ensure you get the best possible care and treatment.
The information collected about you when you use these services can also be used and provided to other organisations for purposes beyond your individual care, for instance to help with:
- improving the quality and standards of care provided
- research into the development of new treatments
- preventing illness and diseases
- monitoring safety
- planning services
This may only take place when there is a clear legal basis to use this information. All these uses help to provide better health and care for you, your family and future generations. Confidential patient information about your health and care is only used like this where allowed by law.
Most of the time, anonymised data is used for research and planning so that you cannot be identified in which case your confidential patient information isn’t needed.
You have a choice about whether you want your confidential patient information to be used in this way. If you are happy with this use of information you do not need to do anything. If you do choose to opt out your confidential patient information will still be used to support your individual care.
To find out more or to register your choice to opt out, please visit www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters. On this web page you will:
See what is meant by confidential patient information
- Find examples of when confidential patient information is used for individual care and examples of when it is used for purposes beyond individual care
- Find out more about the benefits of sharing data
- Understand more about who uses the data
- Find out how your data is protected
- Be able to access the system to view, set or change your opt-out setting
- See the situations where the opt-out will not apply
You can also find out more about how patient information is used at:
www.hra.nhs.uk/information-about-patients (which covers health and care research); and
understandingpatientdata.org.uk/what-you-need-know (which covers how and why patient information is used, the safeguards and how decisions are made)
Data being used or shared for purposes beyond individual care does not include your data being shared with insurance companies or used for marketing purposes and data would only be used in this way with your specific agreement.
National data opt-out
You can make or change a choice for:
- children under the age of 13
- someone you can legally make decisions for
NHS Digital’s privacy notice explains how your data is used to apply your choice.
You can choose whether your confidential patient information is used for research and planning. To find out more please visit nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters
You can also make or change a choice for yourself by phoning the NHS Digital Contact Centre. The phone number is 0300 303 5678 – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays).
Their staff can:
- help you use the online service
- make or change a choice on your behalf
- print and post a form to you
For more information you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to
National Data Opt Out
7 and 8 Wellington Place
You do not need to do anything if you are happy about how your confidential patient information is used.
You can change your choice at any time.