NHS Scotland is improving the way it uses information from your GP patient record.
The service is called Scottish Primary Care Information Resource (SPIRE) and has been developed to help GPs, the NHS in Scotland and researchers plan for Scotland’s health and care needs. This will be introduced in phases across Scotland from January 2017.
SPIRE allows information from GP patient records to be transferred electronically and held securely at NHS National Services Scotland, the NHS Scotland organisation responsible for health statistics.
It uses information from GP practices all over Scotland in a safe and secure way.
NHS organisations and approved researchers will be able to use SPIRE in ways that could help you and everyone in Scotland.
If you do not want information from your GP patient records to be used in this way, you can click here to download an opt-out form (PDF, 496KB). This form should be completed and handed in to your GP Practice.
Find out more in this Information Leaflet (PDF, 328KB)
For full details please visit the SPIRE website http://spire.scot/