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National Data Opt Out

There have been posts on social media with false information about opting out of sharing your data with the NHS.

Here's what you need to know:

  • There is no 30 September deadline for opting out of sharing your data. You can opt out at any time.
  • NHS Digital will never sell your data.
  • There are strict rules about how the NHS can use your data. It's only shared securely and safely.
  • Shared data helps the NHS. It has been used to find the first treatment for coronavirus and for vaccine research.

What is confidential patient information

Confidential patient information is when 2 types of information from your health records are joined together.

The 2 types of information are:

  • something that can identify you
  • something about your health care or treatment

For example, your name joined with what medicine you take.

Identifiable information on its own is used by health and care services to contact patients and this is not confidential patient information.

How we use your confidential patient information

Your individual care

Health and care staff may use your confidential patient information to help with your treatment and care. For example, when you visit your GP they may look at your records for important information about your health.

Research and planning

Confidential patient information might also be used to:

  • plan and improve health and care services
  • research and develop cures for serious illnesses

Your choice

You can stop your confidential patient information being used for research and planning. There is a number of different channels are available for the public to set a national data opt-out. These are:

  • a digital (online) channel accessed via the national data opt-out service.
  • for those who need support to set their national data opt-out preference online a digitally-assisted channel is provided that enables members of the public to set a national data opt-out with assistance from NHS Digital staff via the national helpline.
  • a non-digital (paper based) channel accessed by the national helpline or through forms which can be printed from the webpages, and
  • via the NHS App

If you're happy with your confidential patient information being used for research and planning you do not need to do anything.

Any choice you make will not impact your individual care.

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People in England who have both vaccine doses will be able to demonstrate their Covid vaccination status via the NHS App from 17th May.

How do I find my Vaccination status 

โœ… Access via NHS app from May 17th
โœ… Register on NHS app now (guide below)
โœ… Those without access to the app can request a letter from the NHS proving their vaccination status by calling 119

Prescription Requests

We are unable to accept prescription request on Ask My GP.

To order medication our preferred method is using online services - please contact the practice to obtain a login if you don't already have one.

We are excited to announce that Dr Vallabh has joined our practice as a GP partner.

Dr Vallabh is an experienced GP who trained locally in Wigan, we are delighted to be working together.

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If you have a medical problem please use the Ask my GP link on our home page to send a message to the practice.

Online services - are you signed up? Its simple and easy to sign up and easy to use. Please ask at reception for more information.

PPG (Patient participation group) would you like to be a member and "have your say" about your GP surgery? 

Text message reminder service now live - please ensure your mobile number is up to date. If you wish to opt out please either text back "opt out" or contact the practice.

Carers - we now offer a annual health check, please contact the practice to book yours with the practice Nurse.



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