Sharing your health records
All the information about the care and treatment we give you is held on a care record. Your care record is stored electronically on a secure system. Healthcare staff will only use this information to make sure you get the right care and support you need. Staff will make sure this information stays confidential and is kept safe.
We want to make sure that whether you are visiting a GP, attending hospital, or being seen by a health professional in the community, that everyone knows the care you need and how you want to be treated. To help us all work together we want to share the information we have so they can continue to support you with the best care and treatment. We call this a ‘shared care record’.
This means everyone who provides your care will have the information they need, when they need it. We will all use the same information to make sure you get the best health and care services we can provide. This means:
- You get the right treatment for your mental and physical health
- Everyone has the same information they need to treat you
Your health record will only be shared with services that provide you with care or treatment, and on a need to know basis. You can ask that some of your information is made ‘private’. This means it will not be seen by others on your ‘shared care record’.
Please note: We have a duty to safeguard people. If we have concerns about someone’s health or wellbeing we must share information with other people who need to know. In this case, we do not need your consent to share information but we will only share relevant details of your care record