The Museum Practice

Patient confidentiality, Sharing Health Records or Opting out

We respect your right to privacy and keep all your health information confidential and secure

It is important that the NHS keeps accurate and up-to-date records about your health and treatment so that those treating you can give you the best possible care

This information may be used for management and audit purposes

However, it is usually only available to, and used by, those involved in your care

You have the right to know what information we hold about you. If you would like to see your records please contact a doctor.


Sharing your health records

Why your data is important

The NHS uses information about patients (patient data) to research, plan and improve:

  • the services we offer
  • the treatment and care patients receive

We get this data from your GP surgery, hospitals and other healthcare providers. The organisation that collects your data is called NHS Digital.

To help improve services, NHS Digital shares this data with researchers from organisations such as universities or hospitals. This type of data-sharing has been happening for many years.

All data that is collected and shared is protected by strict rules around privacy, confidentiality and security.

For more information visit Opt out of sharing your health records – NHS (

National data opt-out

The national data opt-out is a service that allows patients to opt out of their confidential patient information being used for research and planning.

Please visit this site to record your choice: National data opt-out – NHS Digital


Date published: 10th October, 2014
Date last updated: 27th January, 2022