Medical Research

Health Data Collection and Health Observatory

The staff at this practice record information about you and your health so that you can
receive the right care and treatment. We need to record this information, together with
the details of the care you receive, so that it is available each time we see you.

The information recorded about you may also be used for reasons other than your
personal care, for example, to help to protect the health of the general public, to plan for
the future, to train staff and to carry out medical and other health research or studies.

Thus, we are involved in a health observatory based on anonymised patient information. The reasonable security measures and anonymisation processes are in place to comply with the relevant data protection regulations. If you would like to opt out of this data collection scheme, please let your doctor know and your records will not be collected for use for this Observatory. This will not affect your care in any way.

If anything to do with the Observatory or derivate research would require that you
provide additional information about yourself, you will be contacted by your GP to see if
you are willing to take part; you will not be identified in any published results.

You have a right of access to your health records. If at any time you would like to know
more, or have any concerns about how we use your information, please ask reception for more details.

A list of published research using the THIN database is available upon request.
Please contact Michelle Page on telephone number 020 7501 7540
or email for a copy.

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Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD)

Information in patient records is important for medical research to develop new treatments and tests the safety of medicines.  This practice supports medical research by sending some of the information from patient records to the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). 

CPRD is a Government organisation that provides anonymised patient data for research to improve patient and pubic health.

You cannot be identified from the information sent to CPRD.

If you do not want anonymised information from your patient record to be used in research you can opt out by speaking to your doctor.

For more information about how your data is used, please follow the link below

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