Patient monitoring data

We send all new patients an outpatient questionnaire asking for the following information:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity
  • Level of visually impairment
  • Any other disability
  • Religious belief

Monitoring this equality data will lead to a more detailed understanding of health issues related to specific groups, as well as promote equality and help examine underlying causes of inequalities.  It will play an important role when planning services as it will help us better to understand how specific groups access and use services, and the prevalence of different health conditions, risk factors and health outcomes among different communities.

The information we collect is collated for use in statistical analysis, entirely anonymously.  We are not interested in any individual’s lifestyles and we are very mindful of the need to protect personal information.  We are looking for trends so that we can improve our services in future.