Data Sharing

How the NHS uses 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 is also used to plan and improve health and care services, and research and develop cures for serious illnesses. You can stop your confidential patient information being used for research and planning. Your confidential patient information will still be used for your individual care. Any choice you make will not change this. To opt out, or for more information, visit

Data Sharing with the Royal Surrey County Hospital

Sharing of information with the RSCH aims to improve the care you receive upon unplanned admission to hospital, by assisting the clinicians who will be delivering your care with quick and secure access to your GP medical records.

Only clinical staff working in A&E, emergency assessment unit and care of the elderly wards will be able to access your record. They will ask for your permission before doing so. If you are unconscious, they may decide to access your records if they believe it is in your best interests. If you wish to opt out of this scheme, please ask for a form at reception.