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 research new treatments ,decide where to put new GP clinics and plan for the number of doctors and nurses in your local hospitals. Confidential patient information is used by the NHS ,local authorities, hospital and university researchers and pharmaceutical companies researching new treatment.
In May 2018, the strict rules about how this data can and cannot be used were strengthened .
To find out more please visit: nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters
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.