Research and SPIRE

SPIRE has been developed to help doctors, the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland and researchers to learn more from patient information held at GP practices. They will use it to help all NHS patients in Scotland. So information from your medical records – and those of millions of other people in Scotland – will help medical professionals to improve the quality of care for all patients, plan services, develop new treatments, find out about side-effects and respond to major epidemics. SPIRE moves information electronically and securely, from GP practice records to NHS National Services (NSS). They will then use SPIRE and other IT systems to give better information to the NHS in Scotland, and to approved researchers. To find our more about SPIRE visit their website

Patients can choose not take part, or you can change your mind and take part at any time - please complete the opt-out form and return to the Practice.  Your choice will not effect the care you get from your GP Practice or hospital.