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Opting Out of NHS Digitial data sharing

NHS Digitial (formerly The Health and Social Care Information Centre) collects information about the care you received from your GP and other healthcare providers with the purpose of aiding research and improving services. Note that this is NOT the same as the Summary Care Records (SCR). If you opted out of the SCR, that will not have any effect on the NHS Digitial data collection.

What is it for? NHSEngland says it is "find more effective ways of preventing or managing illnesses; advise local decision makers how best to meet the needs of local communities; promote public health by monitoring risks of disease spread; map out pathways of care to streamline inefficiencies and reduce waiting times; determine how to use NHS resources most fairly and efficiently".

If you do not wish to have your data used for this purpose you can opt out by visiting www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters or ask a receptionist for details on how you can opt out by post.