National Data Opt Out Programme

Information about patients’ health and care helps us to improve individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan 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 the purposes that it is used for. You can now choose whether your confidential patient information is used for research and planning.

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If you would like more information about the national data opt-out, then please visit or call the national data opt-out helpline on 0300 303 5678. To use the Next Generation Text Service (NGTS) dial 18001 followed by 0300 303 5678.

Handouts are also available in a range of accessible formats.

Poster PDF
Leaflet PDF