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National Data Opt-out Posted on 8 May 2019

Choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning.

Your health records contain confidential patient information, which can be used to help with research and planning. If you would like this to stop, you can opt out of this yourself or on behalf of someone else. For example, if you are a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 13.

Your choice will only apply to the health and care system in England. This does not apply to health or care services accessed in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

What confidential patient information is

Two types of information join together to become confidential patient information. This is information that:

  • can identify you
  • says something about your health care or treatment

One example can include your name and address (identifies you) along with what medicine you take (health care or treatment). Identifiable information on its own is used by health and care services to contact patients and this is not confidential patient information.

Read more at https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/

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