The NHS uses information about patients (patient data) to research, plan and improve:
We get this data from your GP surgery, hospitals and other healthcare providers. The organisation that collects your data is called NHS Digital.
To help improve services, NHS Digital shares this data with researchers from organisations such as universities or hospitals. This type of data-sharing has been happening for many years.
All data that is collected and shared is protected by strict rules around privacy, confidentiality and security.
We never sell patient data or share it with insurance or marketing companies.
Find out more about how NHS Digital is looking after your data.
You can choose whether or not your data is used for research and planning. There are different types of data-sharing you can opt out of.1. Stop your GP surgery from sharing your dataThis is called a Type 1 Opt-out.
If you choose a Type 1 Opt-out, your GP will not share your data for research and planning. However, NHS Digital will still be able to collect and share data from other healthcare providers, such as hospitals.Find out more about Type 1 Opt-out from NHS Digital's transparency notice2. Stop NHS Digital and other health and care organisations from sharing your data for research and planningThis is called the National Data Opt-out.
You can opt out, or opt back in again, at any time.
How we use your medical records
Important information for patients
· This practice handles medical records in-line with laws on data protection and confidentiality.
· As is standard medical practice, we share medical records, only with your consent, with those who are involved in providing you with care and treatment. We need to get your consent to share records. If you do not consent to us sharing records or, for example, writing to your GP, which is standard medical practice, then you can withdraw that consent, then we cannot write to your GP without your permission. Because of the sensitive and intimate nature of psychiatric, psychological and emotional issues, people often want to keep this kind of information off the NHS digital record system. This is national standardised system where often information about you can be shared to a wide variety of different people without you knowing who will end up seeing your digital record. If you do not want Dr Persaud to write to your GP, then you can let him know this. Dr Persaud however advises all patients that it is regarded as 'good medical practice' to write to family doctors, so that they have the necessary information they may need to manage your care. You do have the right to withdraw consent that you family doctor is written to. If there is an emergency situation, and/or if your own safety becomes an issue, then emergency medical considerations can, at times, override the patient's right to privacy.
· You have the right to be given a copy of your medical record.
· You have the right to object to your medical records being shared with others, even those who provide you with care.
· You have the right to object to your information being used for medical research and to plan health services.
· You have the right to have any mistakes corrected and to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office. Please see this practice privacy notice on this website or speak to a member of staff for more information about your rights.
For more information ask at reception or Dr Persaud directly.