New national data sharing Type 2 Opt-Out

About your Summary Care Record Your Summary Care Record contains important information about any medicines you are taking, any allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you have previously experienced. Allowing authorised healthcare staff to have access to this information will improve decision making by doctors and other healthcare professionals and has prevented mistakes being made when patients are being cared for in an emergency or when their GP practice is closed.

Your Summary Care Record also includes your name, address, date of birth and your unique NHS Number to help identify you correctly. You may want to add other details about your care to your Summary Care Record. This will only happen if both you and your GP agree to do this. You should discuss your wishes with your GP practice. Healthcare staff will have access to this information, so that they can provide safer care, whenever or wherever you need it, anywhere in England.

A type 2 opt-out is where a patient has requested that their personal confidential information is not shared by the NHS for purposes other than their own direct health care.

Since 25th May 2018 patients with existing type 2 opt outs have been contacted by NHS Digital explaining about a new national opt out. The letter informs patients that their previous opt out has been converted to a new national opt out. More details about this can be found at

After 1st October 2018 GP practices should not record any further type 2 opt outs. If you need any additional information and support relating to Type 2 opt-outs please contact NHS Digital contact centre at [email protected] or call them on 0300 303 5678.