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GDPR (Data Protection)

National data opt-out

Your personal health record contains a type of date called 'confidential patient information' - this is data where two types of information from your health record are joined together:

  • something that can identify you
  • something about your health care or treatment

For example, your name joined with what medicine you take.

This data can be used to help with research and planning.

On its own, information that identifies you is used by health and care services to contact you - this is not classed 'confidential patient information'.

You can choose to stop your 'confidential patient information' from being used for research and planning. You can also make a choice for someone else - for example your child aged under 13.

You can also opt back in at any time.

Find out more about national data opt-out on NHS Digital

View the national data opt-out operation policy guidance document on NHS Digital

Make your choice

You can choose to opt-out or opt-in online through the NHS make your choice page.

You can also choose to opt-out or opt-in over the phone or by post.

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