Information about your health and care helps us to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments. In May 2018, the strict rules about how this data can and cannot be used were strengthened. The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used. You can choose whether you confidential information is used for research and planning.
To find out more visit: http://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters