Information about your health and care helps us to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments.
In May 2018, the strict rules about how this data can and cannot be used were strengthened. The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used.
You can choose whether your confidential patient information is used for research and planning. To find out more visit: nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters
You can choose whether your confidential patient information is used for research and planning.
How your data is used
Your health and care information is used to improve your individual care. It is also used to help us research new treatments, decide where to put GP clinics and plan for the number of doctors and nurses in your local hospital. Wherever possible we try to use data that does not identify you, but sometimes it is necessary to use your confidential patient information.
What is confidential patient information?
Confidential patient information identifies you and says something about your health, care or treatment. You would expect this information to be kept private. Information that only identifies you, like your name and address, is not considered confidential patient information and may still be used: for example, to contact you if your GP practice is merging with another.
Who can use your confidential patient information for research and planning?
It is used by the NHS, local authorities, university and hospital researchers, medical colleges and pharmaceutical companies researching new treatments.
Making your data opt-out choice
You can choose to opt out of sharing your confidential patient information for research and planning. There may still be times when your confidential patient information is used: for example, during an epidemic where there might be a risk to you or to other people’s health. You can also still consent to take part in a specific research project.
Will choosing this opt-out affect your care and treatment?
No, your confidential patient information will still be used for your individual care. Choosing to opt out will not affect your care and treatment. You will still be invited for screening services, such as screenings for bowel cancer.
What should you do next?
You do not need to do anything if you are happy about how your confidential patient information is used
If you do not want your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you can choose to opt out securely online or through a telephone service.
You can change your choice at any time.
To find out more or to make your choice visit nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters or call 03003035678
Patients have a right to expect confidentiality from the practice, and to be treated with respect and politeness as does the staff at this practice.
What information we share.
Please see Leaflets at the practice on sharing of information.
Alternatively you can view them here, available to download to keep or for information only.
Data Security and Protection Greenwich 2020
How We Use Your Data Document
Practice Privacy Notice Summary
DSAR Requests Document and Forms
Individual Rights Form
Updated: September 2020
Please click on the following link to view the document for Data Protection Impact Assessment eConsult Online Consultations for Primary Care.
THIN - The Health Improvement Network
Your health data can help save lives
What is THIN?
When you visit the GP, information about your health and treatments is recorded. This practice contributes to the THIN database, which collects anonymised patient information from general practices in the UK. THIN is used for research to benefit future patients, and has been used to study infections, cancer, diabetes, medicine safety and many other health issues.
THIN is overseen by an Advisory Committee which includes patients, clinicians and researchers.
The data in THIN are anonymised, which means that details that could identify a person such as names and addresses are not included. Words and sentences in health records are processed by computer to remove any that might identify a person. THIN data are stored securely at all times.
If you would like to opt out of this data collection scheme, please let practice staff know and your records will not be collected for THIN. This will not affect your care in any way.