CARE.DATA

How information about you helps us to provide better care. Confidential information from your medical records can be used by the NHS to improve the services offered so we can provide the best possible care for everyone.

It is important that we, the NHS, can use this information to plan and improve services for all patients. We would like to link information from all the different places where you receive care, such as your GP, hospital and community service, to help us provide a full picture. This will allow us to compare the care you received in one area against the care you received in another, so we can see what has worked best.

You have a choice.

If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything.

If you have any concerns or wish to prevent this from happening, please speak to practice staff or ask at reception for a copy of the leaflet “How information about you helps us to provide better care”. Click on this link to see it online.

We will make sure that the way we use information is in line with the law, national guidance and best practice. Reports that we publish will never identify a particular person.

More information can be found at the website www.nhs.uk/caredata or by calling the dedicated patient information line on: 0300 456 3531. This line also offers translation and text phone services.