Sharing Your Information




Please read both parts (1 and 2) for sharing information...

1. NHS Digital

  • Information about you and the care you receive is shared, in a secure system, by healthcare staff to support your treatment and care. It is important that we, the NHS, can use this information to plan and improve services for all patients. We would like to link information from all the different places where you receive care, such as your GP, hospital and community service, to help us provide a full picture. This will allow us to compare the care you received in one area against the care you received in another, so we can see what has worked best. Information such as your postcode and NHS number, but not your name, will be used to link your records in a secure system, so your identity is protected. Information which does not reveal your identity can then be used by others, such as researchers and those planning health services, to make sure we provide the best care possible for everyone. How your information is used and shared is controlled by law and strict rules are in place to protect your privacy. We need to make sure that you know this is happening and the choices you have.
  • Please see below all information available to patients regarding the sharing of your information. If you have concerns or are unhappy for your information to be shared please contact us on 01325 461128



2. Electronic Sharing

  • Today, electronic records are kept in all the places you receive healthcare. These places can usually only share information from your records by letter, email, fax or phone. At times, this can slow down your treament and mean information is hard to access. Your care service however, uses a unique computer system called SystmOnline that allows the sharing of full electronic records accross different healthcare services. This information is only shared when you are referred from our practice to another service e.g. you may be referred to the Podiatry department. As per our current practice policy, whenever you are referred your information is shared with that particular service you have been referred to unless you specifally state that you wish to opt out from this. 
  • For further information, or to Opt Out from your record being shared with the services which you are referred to, please contact us on 01325 461128