Your GP surgery records your personal data first and foremost for your personal care. The NHS also uses this data to help in medical research into better ways of treating disease and maintaining health, and also to plan medical services to best meet the needs of the population now and in the future.
There are strict controls on how this data is used to protect your privacy and confidentiality.
For the benefit of everyone it is recommended that you allow your data to be used in this way but you have the right to opt out of this data collection. Previously this was done by informing your GP surgery so that a code could be entered into your medical notes. As from 11th October 2018 if you wish to opt out you will have to do this via the “Your NHS Data Matters” website which can be found by clicking this link.
You can no longer opt out by contacting your GP surgery – this has to be done via the NHS website. All requests made to the GP surgery to opt out prior to 11th October 2018 will remain in force.