National data opt-out
You can decide if health and care information that could identify you is used for research and planning.
You can choose whether your confidential patient information is used for research and planning. To find out more visit nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters.
You do not need to do anything if you are happy about how your confidential patient information is used. You can change your choice at any time.
Type 1 opt-out: medical records held at your practice
You can also tell your GP practice if you do not want your confidential patient information held in your GP medical record to be used for purposes other than your individual care. This is commonly called a type 1 opt-out. This opt-out request can be only recorded by your GP surgery. Please ask at reception.
Type 2 opt-out:
Previously you could tell your GP surgery if you do not want us, NHS Digital, to share your confidential patient information that we collect from across the health and care service for purposes other than your individual care. If you want to opt-out you can choose to opt out securely online at nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters or by telephoning 0300 303 5678.