NHS England has been alerted to a recent incident where a patient was contacted by someone claiming to work at Bradford on Avon Health Centre in Wiltshire. The caller stated that the patient’s prescription was ready for collection and could be delivered if debit / credit card payment details were provided. The patient was further advised that he needed to pay an additional cost following a change that had been made to the prescription.
If patients experience any similar requests for payment or have any concerns that they may have been targeted, please contact the police via Action Fraud on telephone number 0300 123 2040 or text phone 0300 123 2050. For further details on Action Fraud, please visit http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
NHS England are introducing a new system called "Care.data" to extract patient identifiable information from patient records. We are told that the first data will be extracted in early November 2013. You may wish to learn more about this system and decide to opt out of it. Further information can be found in the following leaflets;
NHS England Information Leaflet
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