We are a Research Practice for the NHS Primary Care Research Network and participate in several research studies annually. In addition the Practice contributes anonymous data to a database(s) used for health care research purposes. The data collection scheme has been approved by the South East Multicentre Research Ethics Committee. This Committee oversees all research conducted on the data. The database holds anonymised data on millions of patients, and no patient will be traceable to anyone outside the Practice.
In addition, we contribute anonymised records to a data base known as The Health Improvement Network (THIN). This database is managed by a company outside the NHS which does not have access to your personal details, only to anonymous medical records. The data is used for research into such topics as drug safety, disease patterns, prescribing patterns, health economics and public health.
If anything to do with the research would require that you provide additional information about yourself, you will be contacted to see if you are willing to take part; you will not be identified in any published results. If you would like to opt out of this data collection scheme, please let your doctor know and no data from your records will be collected for use in research. This will not affect your care in anyway.
If at any time you would like to know more, or have any concerns about how we use your information, please contact Debbie Sargeant, Practice Manager, on 01395 273666.