Keeping your health information safe with SPIRE

NHSScotland is improving the way it uses information from GP patient records. The Scottish Primary Care Information Resource (SPIRE)  has been developed to help GPs, the NHS in Scotland and researchers learn from information held at GP practices.

What are the benefits?

SPIRE  will allow small amounts of information from GP practice records to be used to help doctors’ surgeries, NHSScotland and the Scottish Government to improve the quality of care and better plan services. 

SPIRE can also help support research into new treatments for particular conditions or diseases, to monitor outbreaks (of flu for example) and to develop new medicines.

NHS organisations and approved researchers will be able to use SPIRE in ways that could help you and everyone in Scotland, such as:

  • Improving the quality of care for all patients
  • Planning services and care for people who have a condition or a health need
  • Responding to major public health issues like flu epidemics
  • Improving the provision of health and care to vulnerable or disadvantaged groups
  • Developing knowledge about the uptake of vital medicines and vaccines
  • Supporting research into new treatments for particular illnesses

What information will be used?

Certain information will be used from your GP patient records such as your date of birth, gender, vaccinations, diagnoses and prescribed medicines, will be used from your GP patient records. To protect your confidentiality, these details will be encrypted before they leave the practice  so you can be confident that your information is secure at all times.

For further information visit SPIRE or call us on 0800 22 44 88