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Data collection for planning and research - NHS Digital's planned replacement of existing data sharing activities (starts 1/9/2021)

The NHS needs data about the patients it treats in order to plan and deliver its services and to ensure that care and treatment provided is safe and effective. GP practices already share patient data for these purposes (GP Extraction Service), but the new method of data collection  (The General Practice Data for Planning and Research ) is intended to be more efficient and effective; however, there is still some uncertainty around the ways in which your data may subsequently be used by NHS Digital.  

More detail about the changes can be found here:

If you decide you do not want your data shared with NHS Digital, you can complete a Type 1 opt out.  Please complete the Type 1 opt out on this form Type 1 Opt out form 2021 by 18/8/21 and return to the surgery in time to register your Opt out. 

Please note this Type 1 opt out is different to the National Data Opt out that the NHS app is linked to.  A Type 1 Opt out is needed to prevent NHS Digital extracting data from your GP record, and the Type 1 opt out request must be returned to us to apply to your record.  If you decide to opt out now, you can opt back in at a later date.  For further details about the different types of opt outs, data sharing schemes and your opt out options, see these links:  and 

Covid vaccinations at Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden, AL5 1TE. 

Please find local Covid-19 vaccination centre newsletters here - they will answer Frequently asked questions and include information about vaccinations for different groups of patients.






We are working with other Harpenden GP Surgeries which form the Harpenden Health PCN to  deliver Covid vaccination.   We are vaccinating patients in the order outlined by government guidance. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SURGERY - YOU WILL BE CONTACTED  WHEN THE VACCINE IS AVAILABLE FOR YOU LOCALLY.

If you or someone you care for is eligible for a vaccination and is very concerned about waiting to be vaccinated, you can try to book online at

 or dial 119 to see if an alternative nearby vaccination centre has any appointments.


Please find relevant information leaflet about the vaccine, which is important to read prior to vaccination here:  Covid Vaccine information leaflet

Find out more about the local vaccination programme:

Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (HVCCG) have produced this informative FAQ, please click on the link below:

QCOVID - FAQ as to why you have received a letter to shield: QCOVID FAQ]

Oximetry information and diary   - Please view this if you have Covid (or Covid symptoms) and have been given a pulse oximeter machine for monitoring by your GP


 GDPR - updated privacy notices

We have updated our Supplementary privacy notice - in relation to handling your data during the Covid 19 pandemic. Please see "GDPR, your medical records, data sharing schemes" tab below ( or


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