Health Service Record Confidentiality

Roland Perry lists at
Sat Feb 8 11:34:50 GMT 2014

In article <68001DB8-43BE-4BD9-A344-C96CA28BBAAD at>, Roger 
Hayter <roger at> writes
>f you opt out your data will not be sold or given to anyone outside the
>NHS in identifiable form. *But* it will still be centrally collected,
>stored and collated with new information

What sort of "data" is this?

I find it difficult to believe that anyone is going to start digitising 
and storing a two-inch thick folder of notes relating to a period where 
I was under the care of a particular hospital in Nottingham. Not even 
the consultant (for a different complaint) in the "NHS Treatment Centre" 
next door seemed able to get hold of them - even had he known they 

Now that I've moved a hundred miles, we don't even have a 'one stop 
shop' local hospital any more; depending on the issue we might visit any 
one of four of them. Will any (all?) of these be sent my pile of papers 
(digitised or not) if I turn up there instead in future?

As far as I can tell, all the GP gets sent is a discharge letter from 
the consultant at the end of which might have been a protracted set of 
investigations, examinations and procedures.
Roland Perry

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