You have the choice to opt out of some (but not all) uses of your confidential patient information.
Confidential patient information is when 2 types of information from your health records are joined together.
The 2 types of information are:
- something that can identify you
- something about your health care or treatment
For example, your name joined with what medicine you take.
The Privacy Statement explains the ways we use your information. Confidential patient information might also be used by the NHS to:
- plan and improve health and care services
- research and develop cures for serious illnesses
If you’re happy with your confidential patient information being used for research and planning you do not need to do anything.
Any choice you make will not impact your individual care.
If you want to know more before deciding, visit the NHS Your Data Matters Overview page.