You can choose whether your confidential patient information is used for research and planning.
There have been posts on social media with false information about opting out of sharing your data with the NHS.
Here's what you need to know:
- There is no 30 September deadline for opting out of sharing your data. You can opt out at any time.
- NHS Digital will never sell your data.
- There are strict rules about how NHS can use your data. It's only shared securely and safely.
- Shared data helps the NHS. It has been used to find the first treatment for coronavirus and for vaccine research.
Read NHS Digital's response to the false information about the national data opt-out
How can I opt out?
You can set your choice online at: nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters
You will need:
- your NHS number (a 10 digit number that you should be able to find on any document sent to you by the NHS, for example a hospital referral letter or prescription)
- to have an email address or phone number registered with an NHS service.
Alternatively you can call the helpline: 0300 303 5678
Or download a form here to opt out via post.
If you want to set a national data opt-out for your children, or where you have a formal proxy to make decisions on behalf of someone else, you can download a form here or phone the helpline on 0300 303 5678.
Between 25 May and the end of September 2018, GP practices were still able to set a Type 2 opt out if requested. But NHS Digital will convert these to the national data opt-out and communicate with individuals what is happening. NHS Digital will retire the Type 2 opt out codes for GPs from early October 2018
For more information: https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/