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

Updated on 11th March 2020 at 1:44 pm

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

Your health records contain a type of data called confidential patient information. This data can be used to help with research and planning.

You can choose to stop your confidential patient information being used for research and planning. You can also make a choice for someone else like your children 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.

Confidential patient information might also be used to:

  • plan and improve health and care services
  • research and develop cures for serious illnesses

You can stop your confidential patient information being used for research and planning.

If you’re happy with your confidential patient information being used for research and planning you do not need to do anything.

To understand more about data that is shared for research and planning, and to make your choice to  “opt out” or “opt back in” visit https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/

If you do not have a smartphone or computer you can contact NHS Digital Contact Centre on 0300 303 5678 to make your choice.

Any choice you make will not impact your individual care.

This information has been updated in our privacy notice