Health and Social Care Information Centre has been commissioned to provide data services to NHS England. The data will be used for analysis of the population as a whole, and in smaller sections e.g. by geographical areas, by age group etc, to help to plan demand and improve services for patients. The data will be “extracted” from your medical record here and held anonymously by the HSCIC, and also shared with other groups e.g. researchers.

Patient names will not extracted but your NHS number, date of birth, gender and postcode will be used. Data will be extracted to link the information from your record here with any records held by hospitals. Once these links have been made your identifiable information is deleted, with only details of your health retained for analysis.

Your consent to this process has been assumed by NHS England but you can withhold your consent by telling us. You can also withhold consent on behalf of your children or anyone for whom you have a Power of Attorney. You can withhold your consent for the extraction and/or the onward use of your information, even if anonymised.

More information is available in the leaflet “How information about you helps us to provide better care”, published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, please click on the link to access this “How information about you helps us to provide better care”

 If you don’t want your information to be extracted and/or shared in this way please advise the receptionist.