Collecting and sharing information is essential to provide safe and effective health care.
Appropriate information sharing is an essential part of the provision of safe and effective care. Patients may be put at risk if those who provide their care do not have access to relevant, accurate and up-to-date information about them.
All staff have an ethical and legal duty to keep patient information confidential.
Lewisham CCG is using patient information to to plan the provision of healthcare services. Full details are available at:
If you do not wish your health information shared you have two options:
Type 1 Opt-out: medical records held at your GP practice
You can 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 only be recorded by your GP.
If you choose a Type 1 opt-out, please inform us in writing.
Type 2 Opt-out: information held by NHS Digital
A Type 2 opt-out is an objection that prevents an individuals personal confidential information from being shared outside of NHS Digital, that is used for research and planning.
Previously you could tell your GP surgery if you did not want NHS Digital to share confidential patient information that is collected from across the health and care service for purposes other than your individual care. This was called a type 2 opt-out.
From 25 May 2018 the type 2 opt-out has been replaced by the national data opt-out. Type 2 opt-outs that have been recorded previously have been automatically converted to national data opt-outs.
To find out more or to make your choice visit: nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters
or call 0300 303 5678
and/or view the NHS Digital patient Leaflet