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How information about you helps us to provide better care:

NHS England Health and Social Care Information Centre


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 you know this is happening and the choices you have.

What will they do with your information?

They will only use the minimum amount of information they need to help them improve patient care and the services they provide. 

They have developed a thorough process that must be followed before any information can be shared.  They sometimes release information to approved researches, if this is allowed under the strict rules in place to protect your privacy. They are very careful with the information and they follow strict rules about how it is stored and use.  They will make sure that the way they use the information is in line with the law, national guidance and best practice.  Reports that they publish will never identify a particular person.

Do you have a choice?

Yes, you have the right to prevent confidential information about you from being shared or used for any purpose other than providing your care, except in social circumstances.  If you do not want information to be shared outside your GP practice ask your practice to make a note of this in your medical record.  This will prevent your confidential information being used other than where necessary by law. (for example if there is a public health emergency).

You will also be able to restrict the use of information held by other places you receive care, such as hospitals and community services.  You should let your GP know if you want to restrict the use of your information.


Your choice will not affect the care you receive.

currently Chagford Health Centre share data with Devon Doctors out of hours, Devon Partnership Trust and R D & E Hospital only.


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