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Your right to withdraw consent / opt out of processing your personal information

8. Your right to withdraw consent / opt out of processing your personal information

The NHS Constitution states "You have the right to request that your confidential information is not used beyond your own care and treatment and to have your objections considered".

At any time, you have the right to opt out / withdraw consent to the processing or sharing of your information with others (unless there is a law that requires otherwise). The possible consequences of opting out will be fully explained to you. Please be aware that by not agreeing to share your records you may not always receive the best available service that meets your specific needs. For example the GP out of hour’s service may not be fully aware of which medications you are currently taking and so be unable to advise on the best course of action for you.

We recommend that your records are shared, however, if you wish to opt out of your data being processed and / or shared onwards with other organisations, please contact your care provider.

There are several forms of opt-outs available at different levels. These include for example:

Type 1 opt-out

If you do not want personal confidential data information that identifies you to be shared outside your GP practice, for purposes beyond your direct care you can register a type 1 opt-out with your GP practice. This prevents your personal confidential information from being used other than in particular circumstances required by law, such as a public health emergency like an outbreak of a pandemic disease.

Patients are only able to register the opt-out at their GP practice.

Records for patients who have registered a type 1 opt-out will be identified using a particular code that will be applied to your medical records that will stop your records from being shared outside of your GP Practice.

Type 2 opt-out

NHS Digital collects information from a range of places where people receive care, such as hospitals and community services.

To support those NHS constitutional rights, patients within England are able to opt out of their personal confidential data being shared by NHS Digital for purposes other than their own direct care, this is known as the 'Type 2 opt-out'

If you do not want your personal confidential information to be shared outside of NHS Digital, for purposes other than for your direct care you can register a type 2 opt-out with your GP practice.

Patients are only able to register the opt-out at their GP practice.

Further Information and Support about Type 2 opt-outs

For further information and support relating to type 2 opt-outs please contact NHS Digital:

 

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