Personal Data and National Data Opt-Out

Personal Data

The following IT systems are in use at the practice:

  • Referral Management (using NHS numbers in referrals)
  • Electronic Appointment Booking (the facility to book routine appointments online and, similarly, to cancel appointments
  • Online booking of repeat prescriptions
  • Summary Care Record (uploading details of your current medication and allergies to the national “spine” so that these are available for doctors involved in your care elsewhere)
  • GP to GP transfers (the electronic transfer of records from practice to practice when you re-register
  • Patient Access to records (the facility to view your medical records online).

If you are not already registered for online access and would like to be please complete our online form.

If you would like access to your medical records enabled or would like to opt out of the local or national summary care record, please contact reception.


National data opt-out

Whenever you use a health or care service, important information about you is collected in your patient record for that service 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.  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.   


Patients can view or change their national data opt-out choice at any time by using the online service at, or by calling 0300 3035678.  Further information is available at: (which covers health and care research), and (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.


Our Practice is compliant with the national data opt-out policy which means that we have systems and processes in place to comply with the national data opt-out so that your choice can be applied to any confidential patient information we use or share for purposes beyond your individual care.