Health Charities

Macmillan Cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support
One in three of us will get cancer and it’s the toughest thing most of us will ever face. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, or a loved one has, you’ll want a team of people in your corner supporting you every step of the way. Macmillan provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care.

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Marie Curie Cancer Care is a UK charity dedicated to the care of people with terminal cancer and other illnesses. Over the financial year 2010/11, we reached a total of 31,799 patients

Youth Health Talk

Youthhealthtalk enables young people, their family and friends, and professionals such as doctors and teachers to understand young people's experiences of health, illness and life in general. The website feature real-life accounts of issues such as effect on work and education, social life and relationships, consulting health professionals and treatment.



General Practice Records are designed to help GP teams provide patients with the care they need.  They also provide a comprehensive lifelong record of a patients health and treatment.  As such these records are an extremely valuable source of information which provides the potential for NHS Scotland (NHSS) to learn more about the health needs of the population and how best to address those needs. 

NHSS want to improve the way they use this information and this improved service is called SPIRE.  It has been developed to help GP's, NHSS and researchers plan for Scotland's health and care needs.  This ill be introduced in phases across Scotland from January 2017. 

The benefits of the improved service are:-

  • 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

If you are happy for NHSS to use information for your GP records then you don't need to do anything.  It will happen automatically.  To protect your confidentiality, your details will be encrypted before they are sent.  So you can be confident that your information is secure at all times.

If you have any questions about SPIRE or want to know more about how we manage confidential information, visit  Alternatively call NHS Inform on 0800 224488

If you do NOT want information from your GP patient records to be used in this way, ask for an opt-out form at your GP practice. 

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