Transfer of Patient Medical Records

Please see the below message from Leyburn Medical Practice

As you may have read recently, NHS Digital is requesting the transfer from GPs of patient data for anonymised use in commercial clinical research. The issue has only recently gained publicity and I thought it would be helpful to let patients know that they may opt out of having their data shared. The deadline for opting out is, I believe, the end of June.

This link explains NHS Digital’s position: https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research/advice-for-the-public

Patients have always been able to opt out of having their data shared and can continue to do so by contacting the practice and stating that they do not want their data shared. It would be helpful if they can be clear whether this opt out is just for data extraction or whether it is for sharing between NHS providers.

With best wishes

Nigel Watson

PPG Chair, Leyburn Medical Practice