This is the PERSON NAME where PERSON NAME CLASSIFICATION equals 'a. Preferred Name' of the PATIENT. NAME FORMAT CODE indicates whether it is a PERSON NAME STRUCTURED or PERSON NAME UNSTRUCTURED.
The patient's name and address should be withheld from any commissioning record which contains a valid NHS NUMBER.
The appropriate e-GIF standard for PERSON NAME should be used for all new and developing systems and for XML messages. For existing CDS EDIFACT messages however, PATIENT NAME should be used.
This data element is also known by these names: