Care Data

NHS and your data


Providing exceptional medical care for individuals, families and the community

How the NHS use your information’?

“Your data…your choice” 
To improve and coordinate care effectively, the NHS (and Greenwood Surgery) encourages the sharing of your medical record with the different NHS services involved in your care.

To help plan and improve services, the NHS uses Information such as your postcode and NHS number, but not your name, 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 medical researchers and those planning health services, to make sure we provide the best care possible for everyone.

For example, Greenwood Surgery uses ‘Eclipse’. This is a secure NHS approved software that uses data of those patients who have consented for data sharing to help identify those who have medical ‘alerts’ for example who are overdue a blood pressure check. Greenwood Surgery runs reports regularly using this system to focus on ‘higher risk’ patients and perform any necessary actions to optimise patient care.

At Greenwood Surgery confidential patient information is looked after in accordance with the data protection policy, good practice and the law.

Your choice
If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything. If you have any concerns or want to stop your confidential patient information being used for research and planning, please contact our team via Patchs

Any choice you make will not impact your individual care. More information can be found here: Care Data Patient F&Q’s

Your data is NOT shared for marketing or insurance purposes (unless you specifically request this)

Greenwood Surgery

Electronic Summary Care Record
“Access of data on a need to know basis”

The central electronic NHS computer system is called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It contains information from your record such as the medication you take and any reactions/allergies to medications you may have had.

Having this information stored in one place electronically makes it easier for health care staff from a range of settings e.g. out of hours, community nursing teams and A&E to access this only when they are treating you, improving your overall care and safety.

Your consent IS needed for data sharing AND uploading/sharing of your electronic summary care record. Your consent is required for the ability of other health care staff outside of your GP to access your record (sharing out) AND for the sharing of their clinical data/notes back to the GP (sharing in).

If you have any queries or wish to provide your consent for sharing in and/or out please contact us via Patchs stating you have understood the information on the practice website.

If you have chosen to opt out please complete the form and drop in or post to Greenwood Surgery.

Data Protection

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy in the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). It also addresses the transfer of personal data outside the EU and EEA areas. Find out how the surgery abides by this law.

The Accessible Information Standard

The Standard sets out a specific, consistent approach to identifying, recording, flagging, sharing and meeting the information and communication support needs of patients, service users, carers and parents with a disability, impairment or sensory loss. Find out how the surgery abides by this standard.

MSE My Care Record Digital Toolkit

My Care Record is a programme of work to help make sure that health and care professionals  involved in your treatment and care can securely access up-to-date information about you to help them make the right choices about the care and medical attention you need. 

National data opt out programme

You have a choice about whether you want your confidential patient information to be used in this way. If you are happy with this use of information you do not need to do anything. If you do choose to opt out your confidential patient information will still be used to support your individual care.


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