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Patient Data and COVID-19

We have received an update from NHS England regarding how they are using information from General Practice in Primary Care in regard to planning and management during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for more information. 

The General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) data extraction will identify all patients currently registered with a General Practice or with a date of death on or after 1 November 2019 whose record contain coded information relevant to pandemic planning and research.

For each patient above, NHS Digital will require the following personal data:
• NHS Number
• postcode
• address
• surname and forename
• sex
• ethnicity
• date of birth
• date of death.

Data will be extracted for the associated code(s) and date(s) for GP record entries including:
• diagnoses and findings
• medications and other prescribed items
• investigations, tests and results
• treatments and outcomes
• vaccinations and immunisations.

Period of the collection

This General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) data will be extracted as a snapshot in time extract on the initial collection. A subsequent fortnightly extraction will then continue until the expiry of the COVID-19 Direction. This is currently 31 March 2022 but will be reviewed in September 2020 and every six months thereafter. The frequency of the data collection may change in response to demand.