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NHS Digital collect and and sharing Medical Records OPT-OUT date is 23rd June 2021

Unless you actively Opt-Out by 23 Jun 2021,  NHS Digital will collect and share your data

The data held in the GP medical records of patients is used every day to support health and care planning and research in England, helping to find better treatments and improve patient outcomes for everyone. NHS Digital has developed a new way to collect this data, called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection.

NHS Digital is the national custodian for health and care data in England and has responsibility for standardising, collecting, analysing, publishing and sharing data and information from across the health and social care system, including general practice.

What data is shared

This data will be shared from 1 July 2021: 

  • data about diagnoses, symptoms, observations, test results, medications, allergies, immunisations, referrals, recalls and appointments, including information about physical, mental and sexual health
  • data on sex, ethnicity and sexual orientation
  • data about staff who have treated patients

Data may be shared from the GP medical records about:

  • any living patient registered at a GP practice in England when the collection started - this includes children and adults
  • any patient who died after 1 July 2021, and was previously registered at a GP practice in England when the data collection started

NHS Digital will not collect patients’ names or addresses. Any other data that could directly identify patients (such as NHS Number, date of birth, full postcode) is replaced with unique codes which are produced by de-identification software before the data is shared with NHS Digital.  This process is called pseudonymisation and means that patients will not be identified directly in the data. NHS Digital will be able to use the software to convert the unique codes back to data that could directly identify patients in certain circumstances, and where there is a valid legal reason.

Opting out

If you don’t want your identifiable patient data to be shared for purposes except for your own care, you can opt-out by registering a Type One Opt out or a National data Opt Out, or both. These opt-outs are different and they are explained in more detail below. Your individual care will not be affected if you opt-out using either option.

Type 1 Opt-out (opting out of NHS Digital collecting your data)

NHS Digital will not collect data from GP practices about patients who have registered a Type 1 Opt-out with their practice. More information about Type 1 Opt-outs is in our GP Data for Planning and Research Transparency Notice, including a form that you can complete and send to your GP practice.

This collection will start on 1 July 2021 so if you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital please register your Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice by 23 June 2021.

If you register a Type 1 Opt-out after this collection has started, no more of your data will be shared with us. We will however still hold the patient data which was shared with us before you registered the Type 1 Opt-out.

Type One Opt Out Form

If you do not want NHS Digital to share your identifiable patient data with anyone else for purposes beyond your own care, then you can also register a National Data Opt-out.

National Data Opt-out (opting out of NHS Digital sharing your data)

NHS Digital will collect data from GP medical records about patients who have registered a National Data Opt-out. The National Data Opt-out applies to identifiable patient data about your health, which is called confidential patient information.

NHS Digital won’t share any confidential patient information about you - this includes GP data, or other data we hold, such as hospital data - with other organisations, unless there is an exemption to this.

To find out more information and how to register a National Data Opt-Out, please read GP Data for Planning and Research Transparency Notice

National Data Opt out


Boultham Park Medical Practice

Covid Update  - 02 March 2021

To all our patients, I hope you are keeping Covid safe.

I am pleased to be able to say that the Covid Vaccination programme continues to progress well.  I’m sure by now everyone is aware of the Covid Priority Groups but just as a reminder they are as follows:

Covid Priority Risk Cohort

  1. Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
  2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. All those 75 years of age and over
  4. All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerableindividuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
  5. All those 65 years of age and over
  6. Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group (see clinical conditions below) Covid At Risk Groups
  7. All those 60 years of age and over
  8. All those 55 years of age and over
  9. All those 50 years of age and over
  10. Rest of the population (to be determined).


We have now completed vaccinating, or have at least offered invitations, to all patients in cohorts 1 to 4 as shown above.  To de-conflict the workload, the NHS has now also written to all patients in Cohort 5 and invited them to attend one of the mass vaccination sites. Patients in Cohort 5 (aged 65-69) can still attend on our vaccination clinics if they prefer but if they wish for this, they need to call us to let us know so we can put them on our waiting lists.

In the GP surgeries we are now concentrating on Cohort 6, those aged 16-64 in one of the Covid at risk groups Covid At Risk Groups  Please note these groups do not directly match the normal clinical at risk groups that attract entitlement to the seasonal flu vaccine.  This Covid ‘at risk’ group is a complicated group to manage and will take us another couple of weeks to complete but we are getting through this well and we are on track to meet targets as they stand.

Many patients in Cohort 6 are working people and it is taking some time to get hold of them – please make sure that we have up to date contact details.  We request that people think in advance of whether they would like the vaccine and, if it might be difficult to get off work to attend the clinics then to please discuss this with their employer in advance of receiving an vaccination invitation.  There are time and location restrictions on when we can provide the vaccinations and we do not have the flexibility to fit you in as we would for a routine appointment at the surgery.  We therefore need patients who want the Covid vaccination to make themselves available for the clinics so please think ahead about how you can get time to attend.

As we start to slowly get on top of this virus, it is really important that we get as many people vaccinated as possible.  There is a lot of misinformation, and mischievous information, out there that tries to discourage people from getting vaccinated  and we would ask that you please treat this with extreme caution.  The real evidence is clear that the vaccines are safe and offer significant protection to individuals and help reduce the spread of the virus to friends, families, and colleagues and help to save lives of people of all ages, all background, all ethnicities and the at risk groups.  Please do get vaccinated when you are invited to attend.

We anticipate that we will soon (hopefully by late Mar 21) start to be able to provide the 2nd dose of the vaccines to the patients who received their 1st dose in early January.  This will be a complicated time for us as we will need to de-conflict 1st  and 2nd dose patients and also ensure that the second dose patients are given the same vaccine type as the first dose – clinic dates and locations will again be driven by the vaccine delivery schedule.  Again we ask that to help with this complex scheduling that you please attend the clinics when invited so we can complete the process as quickly and as smoothly as possible

We do understand the desire to get vaccinated, but the guidance is clear that after cohort 6, we are to prioritise on age and not employment.  We fully understand that this may not be in accordance with your own priorities but we can only follow the national instruction given to the NHS.  We have many people who are trying to get accelerated up the groups by saying for example that their employer says they are a priority.  Please do understand that if these requests are declined that we are not being obstructive.  We have the guidance and we have to be even handed to everyone, and everyone must take their turn at the appropriate time.  Please do not give our staff a hard time if they say no, they are only following the rules and guidelines that we have been given.

We hope that the vaccination programme is bringing some optimism to you all.  From our perspective, it is going well and it has been enjoyable to see the relief that it is bringing to so many people.  We have received many complimentary cards and comments from patients and on behalf of all the staff here at the surgery we too are very grateful for these and we are delighted that the effort everyone has put in is now starting to pay dividends.

While we absolutely encourage everyone to have the vaccine when they can,  we also still NEED everyone to please continue to follow the rules by staying safe and keep wearing the  facemasks, washing your hands and maintaining social distancing.  Please don’t let the naysayers or lack of continued personal effort undermine everything achieved so far.  The effort continued now really will be worth the reward if everyone plays their part.


Practice Manager

IMPORTANT - if you think you have symptoms of the Coronavirus and have either recently travelled from an affected areas or have been in close contact within someone who has, please SELF ISOLATE yourself as soon as possible and contact the NHS 111 Service.  Please do NOT come to the GP Surgery and do NOT go to the hospital until you have spoken with the NHS 111 Service  whose advice you should listen to and follow carefully.

Advice about Coronavirus is being regularly updated.  Click here for the most latest updates.


All patients aged 50 and above are still eligible for a free seasonal flu vaccination.  

Patients aged 18-49 in clinical at risk groups can also still book seasonal flu vaccinations.  Please call the surgery to book your appointment.

Information about Coronavirus

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

If you develop symptoms please DO NOT come to the surgery and DO NOT go the hospital (unless you are seriously ill).   Please self isolate yourself and do not leave your home until you been given advice by a clinician. 

Telephone 111 for NHS advice. 

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Aged over 65, are you in a high risk group and self isolating?

If so please see the documents opposite.  If you wish to make use of these services please contact Age UK Lincoln on 03455 564144 or visit