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Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) Death Registration Data (DRD) combined dataset: GDPR information


Why and how we process your data within the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) Death Registration Data (DRD) combined dataset, and your rights.

Controller NHS Digital
How we use the information (processing activities)

The combined Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES) and Death Registration Data (DRD) datasets is used to produce the Summary Hospital Mortality Index (SHMI).

Does this contain sensitive (special category) data such as health information? Yes
Who are recipients of this data?

See Data Release Register

Is data transferred outside the UK? Not for the purposes of processing it by NHS Digital. It may be transferred outside of the UK if this is approved by NHS Digital through the DARS process for any particular dissemination
How long the data is kept 8 years minimum after no longer required
Our lawful basis for holding this data Legal obligation
Your rights
  • Tick Be informed
  • Tick Get access to it
  • Tick Rectify or change it
  • Cross Erase or remove it
  • Tick Restrict or stop processing it
  • Cross Move, copy or transfer it
  • Cross Object to it being processed or used
  • Cross Know if a decision was made by a computer rather than a person
How can you withdraw your consent?

Consent not the basis for processing

Is the data subject to decisions made solely by computers? (automated decision making) No
Where does this data come from? Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES) dataset, Office for National Statistics: Death Registration Data (DRD) dataset
The legal basis for collecting this data

Legal obligation (Direction) and management of health and social care systems

Where NHS Digital uses this data


Hospital Episode Statistics (HES)

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) is a data warehouse containing details of all admissions, outpatient appointments and A and E attendances at NHS hospitals in England.