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Data Opt Out Policy – The Hull IVF Unit

The national data opt-out policy comes into effect in March 2020 and allows a patient to choose if they do not want their confidential patient information to be used for purposes beyond their individual care and treatment – for research and planning.


The Hull IVF Unit has a legal duty of confidentiality imposed by Section 33 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Act 1990, and any breach of this provision is a criminal offence. Information is not shared with 3rd parties (this includes GPs, health authorities and other Medical professionals), without explicit patient consent. As, such all patients treated at the Hull IVF Unit will be asked to sign a ‘consent to disclosure form’ which sets out who can access their records and under what circumstances. Information can be disclosure to the person to whom the information relates or an individual who they are being treated together with (unless either partner states otherwise).


Patients, have control over setting or changing their own opt-out choice, and can change their mind at any time. Full information will be given prior to treatment and there will be the opportunity to ask any questions.


The Hull IVF Unit does not have control over how information recorded prior to referral to the Unit is held and used within the NHS (i.e. Subfertility clinic or Urology), however strict rules on how patient data is kept safe apply and details can be found below at the following link.

Page Last Modified: 24th December 2019


The Hull Andrology Unit has relocated its services from Hull Royal Infirmary to a new purpose built facility on the Hesslewood Office Park from Friday 1st October 2021.

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