My choices

What choices do I have?

If you’re happy for NHSScotland to use information from your GP patient records for planning health and care services and for research then you don’t need to do anything. It will happen automatically.

If you do not want information from your GP patient records to be used in this way, you need to notify your GP practice. Write or speak to your GP practice and tell them that you “want to opt out of SPIRE”. Practices may also ask you to fill out a short opt-out form .

If you have any questions about SPIRE or want to know more about how confidential information is managed, visit Your questions answered or call free on 0800 22 44 88.

When do I need to make a decision?

NHSScotland will begin making information from GP patient records available to SPIRE, starting with local reports within practices, from May 2017.

You can opt out at any time. If you do, NHS National Services Scotland, the NHSScotland organisation responsible for health statistics, will no longer receive information from your GP patient records.

You can change your mind and opt out or opt back in at any time. Your choice will not affect the care you receive from your GP.

If you have any questions, visit the Your questions answered section, call free on 0800 22 44 88 or speak to staff at your GP practice.