Information about you and the care you receive is shared, in a secure system, by healthcare staff to support your treatment and care.
This information along with your postcode and NHS number but not your name, are sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information.
This allows those planning NHS services or carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you.
If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything.
If you have any concerns, please speak to practice staff or download the How information about you helps us to provide better care (PDF, 344kb).
If you wish to prevent this from happening please complete an opt out form available from the receptionists as the Practice.
For more information about how data is collected and shared, including confidentiality, download the FAQ for patients (PDF, 153kb) produced by the HSCIC and NHS England.
Or visit the NHS Choices website
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