Patient Data Sharing

We are introducing Summary Care Records to improve the safety and quality of patient care.

The Summary Care Record is an electronic record which will give healthcare staff faster, easier access to essential information about you.

For more information about Summary Care Records please copy and paste website address below into your web address from the internet

Summary Care Records (SCR) – NHS Digital

If you would like to opt-out please fill out the form under ‘Our Documents’ page.

What Does it Mean if I do not Have Summary Care Record?

NHS healthcare staff caring for you may not be aware of your current medications, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had, in order to treat you safely in an emergency.

Your records will stay as they are now with information being shared by letter, email, fax or phone. If you have any questions, or if you want to discuss your choices, please:

• Phone the Summary Care Record Information Line on 0300 123 3020;

• Contact your local Patient Advice Liaison Service (PALS); or

• Contact your GP practice.

National Data Opt-Out


Using your health data for planning and research


You can decide whether you wish to have your information extracted and there are two main options available to you.


Option 1:                         


Type 1 Opt-out applies at organisational level and means that your medical record is not extracted from the organisation for any purpose other than for direct patient care. You can opt out at any time. Opting out will mean that no further extractions will be taken from your medical record.


Further information is available here.


Option 2:


Type 2 Opt-out allows data to be extracted by NHS Digital for their lawful purposes but they cannot share this information with anyone else for research and planning purposes. You can opt out at any time.


Further information is available here.


How do you opt out?


Type 1 – You need to contact the practice by phone, email or post to let us know that you wish to opt out.


Type 2 – you need to inform NHS Digital. Unfortunately, this cannot be done by the practice for you. You can do this by any of the following methods:



  • Telephone service 0300 303 5678 which is open Monday to Friday between 0900 and 1700


  • NHS App – For use by patients aged 13 and over (95% of surgeries are now connected to the NHS App). The app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google play



  • Photocopies of proof of the applicant’s name (e.g., passport, UK driving licence etc.) and address (e.g., utility bill, payslip etc.) need to be sent with the application.


It can take up to 14 days to process the form once it arrives at NHS, PO Box 884, Leeds. LS1 9TZ