Unless you object, we will normally share information about you with other health and social care professionals who are involved in your direct care. This is so that you may receive the best quality of care. For example, every time you attend the hospital as a patient, we will send your GP a summary of any diagnoses, test results or treatment given.
You may be receiving care from other people as well as the NHS e.g. social care services. We may need to share some information about you with them so we can all work together for your benefit. We will only do this when they have a genuine need for it or we have your permission.
Examples of who we may share your direct care information with are:
We will not disclose your information to any other third parties without your permission unless there are exceptional circumstances. Such as when either you or somebody else’s health and safety is at risk; or the law requires us to pass on information.
Through sharing information ethically and lawfully the NHS is able to improve its understanding of the most important health needs and the quality of the treatment and care provided.
The processing is necessary for health and social care purposes:
We also use information we hold about you to:
Nationally there are strict controls on how your information is used for these purposes. These decide whether your information has to be de-identified first and with whom we may share identifiable information with.
The NHS Constitution states “You have the right to request that your confidential information is not used beyond your own care and treatment and to have your objections considered”. There may be occasions when it is not possible to exercise your right to “opt out”. Such as when we have an obligation by law or for the purposes of safeguarding adults and children.
It is also important to note that by opting out there could be consequences. These will be discussed with you if you are considering to opt out. If you wish to opt out please contact the Information Governance Team.
For further information on NHS “opt out” please see below:-
You have a choice about whether you want your confidential patient information to be used in this way. If you are happy with this use of information you do not need to do anything. If you do choose to opt out your confidential patient information will still be used to support your individual care.
To find out more or to register your choice to opt out, please visit www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters. On this web page you will:
You can also find out more about how patient information is used at:
https://www.hra.nhs.uk/information-about-patients/ (which covers health and care research); and
https://understandingpatientdata.org.uk/what-you-need-know (which covers how and why patient information is used, the safeguards and how decisions are made)
You can change your mind about your choice at any time.
Data being used or shared for purposes beyond individual care does not include your data being shared with insurance companies or used for marketing purposes and data would only be used in this way with your specific agreement.