NHS Digital Information
In order to find out about the health of ADDITION participants, we will also look at national data sources held by NHS Digital. This records all hospital admission data for the NHS in England and Wales. By checking these we will be able to make sure we haven’t missed any hospital admissions for stroke or heart conditions related to the study.
By using a secure web portal, we will send your identifiable data (NHS number and Date of Birth) to NHS Digital who will link hospital admissions information to individual participants within the study. NHS Digital will then return your information to us with data about these admissions related to the study. In addition, in order to ensure that we have your correct contact details, NHS Digital will provide us with any changes of address and/or change of GP details.
NHS Digital make sure that the data collected is subject to strict rules of confidentiality as laid down by Acts of Parliament, including the Data Protection Act 1988 and the Health and Social Care Act 2001. NHS Digital ensures that we use and store all patient information in accordance with these strict regulations.