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You and Your Data

Opt out of 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.

Information:

We never sell patient data or share it with insurance or marketing companies.

Find out more about how NHS Digital is looking after your data.

Opting out of sharing your data

You can choose whether or not your data is used for research and planning. There are different types of data-sharing you can opt out of.

  1. Stop your GP surgery from sharing your data

This is called a Type 1 Opt-out.

  • To do this you need to fill in an opt-out form and return it to your GP surgery. Download a Type 1 Opt-out form.
  • Only your GP surgery can process your opt-out form. They will be able to tell you if, and when, you have been opted out.

If you choose a Type 1 Opt-out, your GP will not share your data for research and planning. However, NHS Digital will still be able to collect and share data from other healthcare providers, such as hospitals.

Find out more about Type 1 Opt-out from NHS Digital’s transparency notice

 

  1. Stop NHS Digital and other health and care organisations from sharing your data for research and planning

This is called the National Data Opt-out.

  • To opt out online or find out more, visit Make your choice.
  • If you choose this opt-out, NHS Digital and other health and care organisations will not be able to share any of your personal data with other organisations for research and planning, except in certain situations. For example, when required by law.
  • If you want to check if you have opted out, you can enter your details again at Make your choice or check your settings in the NHS App.

You can opt out, or opt back in again, at any time.

You can opt out, or opt back in again, at any time.

Data used for your care

If you choose to opt out of sharing your data, your personal health information will still be used to make sure you get the treatment and care you need. For example, your data may be shared so that you can be referred to hospital or get a prescription.

Important Notice

Sunderland Covid-19 vaccine walk in clinics

Information about who can attend these drop-in clinics

1st or 2nd dose Covid vaccines available for anyone aged 12 years and over.

Booster dose available for all those who are eligible.

Your eligibility will be checked on site.

And if you have a question about the vaccine, pop along and speak to one of our trained advisors who are available at all clinics.

GP led services will also contact people directly to arrange a vaccination when they become eligible – please do not call your practice – see the link below for details on clinic availability.

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Walk in covid vaccine clinics

COVID-19 Symptoms

If you have any COVID-19 Symptoms please stay home. 

IF YOU HAVE AN APPOINTMENT WITH US AND YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OR ARE AWAITING A  RESULT DO NOT come into practice – please call us and we will change your appointment to a telephone slot. 

SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 have not changed – they are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they’re mild:

  1. Stay at home and do not have visitors (self-isolate) until you get your test result or your symptoms have gone – only leave your home to have a test. Check if people you live with need to self-isolate.