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How information about you helps us to provide better care - NHS England
Confidential information from your medical records can be used by the NHS to improve the services offered so we can provide the best possible care for everyone.


This information along with your postcode and NHS number but not your name, are sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information. This allows those plannning NHS services or carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you.


You have a choice. If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything.


If you have any concerns or wish to prevent this from happening, please speak to practice staff or ask at reception for a copy of the leaflet "How information about you helps us to provide better care"


More information can be found here www.nhs.uk/caredata

Priority Treatment For Veterans

South Hylton Surgery are honoured to offer this service to our patients;

A veteran is someone who has served in the armed forces for at least one day. There are around 2.8 million veterans in the UK.

When servicemen and women leave the armed forces, their healthcare is the responsibility of the NHS.

It is highly important for continuing healthcare that you register with an NHS GP and remember to tell them you’ve served. Telling the GP practice about your veteran status will trigger the transfer of your full medical documentation from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to your GP and enable you to benefit from veteran-specific services, like prosthetics and mental health.

'No disadvantage'

You shouldn’t be disadvantaged from accessing appropriate health services, so it's important that you notify your current GP that you are moving, particularly if you're on a waiting list for medical treatment, so that this information can be transferred across.

Details of GP surgeries and other health services within your area can be found by using Find GP services.

All veterans are entitled to priority access to NHS care (including hospital, primary or community care) for conditions associated to their time within the armed forces (service-related). However this is always subject to clinical need and does not entitle you to jump the queue ahead of someone with a higher clinical need.

For more information on the duty of care owed to service personnel, read the Armed Forces Covenant (PDF).



 
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