SPIRE stands for Scottish Primary Care Information Resource.
It enables the extraction of small amounts of anonymised data from GP practices' clinical systems. It will analyse data and monitor the health of the population to help create an effective strategy for health and social care services. It will also help researchers learn more from patient information held at GP practices.
It has to be stressed that all information is extracted in a confidential and secure way.
To find out more about SPIRE, please visit www.spire.scot.nhs.uk.
If, after reading the information there, you wish to opt out, you are requested to fill out the form, available on the SPIRE website or below, and hand it in to either surgery. A code will then be added to your notes which will prevent the extraction of any data.
spire opt-out form