The staff at the practice record information about you and your health so that you can receive the right care and treatment. We need to record this information, together with the details of the care you receive, so that it is available each time we see you. The information recorded about you may be used for reasons other than your personal care, for example, to help to protect the health of the general public, to plan for the future, to train staff and to carry out medical and other health research.
We are involved in research studies which require access to anonymous information from patient records. You can not be identified from these notes as all personal details (name, address, postcode, full date of birth) are removed. Individual patient records are added into a much larger anonymous database from many patients across the UK which is used by researchers outside this practice. This data maybe anonymously linked to other data, such as hospital data.
If you would like to opt out of this data collection scheme, please let your dotor know and your records will not be collected for use in the anonymous research database. This will not affect your care in any way. If anything to do with the research would require that you provide additional information about yourself, you will be contacted by the practice to see if you are willing to take part; you will not be identified in any published results.
You have the right of access to your health records. If at any time you would like to know more, or have any concerns about how we use your information, please speak to the Business Partner. Everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to keep information about you confidential.