Your medical records

NHS Cumbria has launched ‘Shared Records’ – This service is currently suspended until further notice

Court Thorn Surgery has been asked by NHS Cumbria to provide the facility to share some information from your medical records with other health services that provide you with care. This information is limited and is called a‘shared record’.

As Medical Records are increasingly being stored on computers this provides an opportunity for other health professionals to have access (provided you give permission) in ensuring you get the very best care that is tailored to your needs.

If you give permission, the healthcare professionals you visit in the Eden area can view your shared record or a relevant section of it on a new computer system called EMIS WEB.  This is done through a secure NHS network, not the internet.

Your shared record will contain a summary of your most up-to-date, relevant health information which includes things such as:

  • Your recent diagnosis and test results
  • What allergies you have
  • What medications and treatment you currently receive

By allowing access to your shared record, you can ensure that healthcare professionals treating you have the most up-to-date and accurate information about your overall health and current treatments.

This will allow healthcare staff to give you better advice and provide safer and more effective care at a time and point when you need it. It will help to ensure that mistakes are avoided and can also reduce the duplication of health information being given by you.

At the start of your treatment, you will be asked directly for your permission to view your shared record. Your shared record will only be accessed while you are being treated.

You do have the option to decline in sharing your medical record.

More information

For more information, please download the ‘Changes to your medical records’ leaflet here. Eden Leaflet

A Question & Answer sheet giving further information is also available to download here. Shared Records QA

If you want to discuss sharing sensitive information, or want to disable access to your shared records, please contact the receptionist at Court Thorn Surgery or speak to the healthcare professional during your consultation.