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Make your choice Choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning

Use this service to:

  • choose if your confidential patient information is used for research and planning
  • change or check your current choice

Your choice will be applied by:

  • NHS Digital and Public Health England
  • all other health and care organisations by March 2020

Any choice you make will not impact your individual care.

Before you start

You must:

  • be aged 13 or older
  • have access to your email or mobile phone
  • have your NHS number or your postcode registered with your GP surgery
Where can I find my NHS number?

An NHS number is a 10 digit number, like 485 777 3456.

You can find your NHS number by logging in to a GP online service or on any document sent to you by the NHS, such as your:

  • prescriptions
  • test results
  • hospital referral letters
  • appointment letters


Ask your GP surgery for help if you can't find your NHS number.

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Other ways to make a choice

You can also make or change a choice for:

  • yourself by post or phone
  • someone else by post

Find out how to make a choice by post or phone.

Page last reviewed: 10 July 2019
Next review due: 10 July 2022