Your Care Connected

Allowing healthcare professionals to view information from your GP record will provide them with important and potentially life-saving information; it will also help to reduce unnecessary repeat tests, such as blood tests and X-rays.

Sharing your medical records could save your life.

Quicker access to your medical information could help reduce the number of forms you need to complete, reduce waiting times and reduce unnecessary stays in hospital.

Share your medical records and save time.

Only registered healthcare professionals can view your medical records and they will always ask permission before doing so. What’s more, access is provided through a locked network ensuring your information is always secured to the highest possible standards.

The information you share will always be protected.

When it comes to your healthcare, you have the power to choose who can see your medical information, when they can see it and how they can access it. If you are happy to share your medical information with those treating you, you do not need to do anything further. If you visit one of the organisations listed , those treating you will ask for your permission to view your record.

Your Care Connected does not share everything from your GP record.  This is because we follow national guidance on patient confidentiality and the sharing of sensitive information. As a result, Your Care Connected does not currently share information relating to:

  • IVF treatment
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Gender reassignment
  • Termination of pregnancy
  • Free text from GP record

Please note: this list may be subject to change to reflect changes to national guidance on the sharing of sensitive information. Please visit www.midlandsyourcareconnected.nhs.uk/  to find an up-to-date list of information that is not shared when the person treating you accesses your record using Your Care Connected.

Who will be able to access your information?

When you visit one of the organisations below, the person treating you will ask for your permission to view information from your GP record using Your Care Connected. This will help to provide you with better, safer care:

  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital
  • Birmingham Community Healthcare
  • Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust
  • Birmingham Women’s Hospital
  • Birmingham City Hospital
  • Good Hope Hospital
  • Heartlands Hospital
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital
  • Sandwell General Hospital
  • Solihull Hospital
  • West Midlands Ambulance Service
  • Local out-of-hours GP services

Your Care Connected can only be used to view your information with your permission and for your direct care. Please note that clinicians may override your permission in the event of an emergency, for example if you are unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate, or they feel it is essential to your health and wellbeing.

What will they see?

Health professionals treating you will only view the parts of your medical record listed below and only with your permission; if you allow them to access your record, it will provide them with a host of important information, including:

  • Allergies
  • Medication
  • Hospital admissions and referrals
  • Vaccinations and immunisations
  • Test results
  • Diagnoses
  • Treatment
  • Medical procedures
  • End of life wishes
  • Demographic information (age, gender etc.)
  • Concerns related to abuse of vulnerable children or adults (if applicable)

Your information will not be used for any other purposes, such as for research, or given/sold to third parties. For any changes or an up-to-date list, please refer to the website www.midlandsyourcareconnected.nhs.uk

 

Opting Out

If you decide to ‘opt-out’ of Your Care Connected only your usual medical practice will be able to access your record electronically. Please be aware that opting out will mean your record is not available at all, even in emergency situations.

If you wish to ‘opt-out’ please speak to us directly and fill in this Opt-Out Form

 

A copy of the Your Care Connected leaflet is here for download