C’Siders recently had a talk about the Dorset Care Record which gave us the opportunity to ask questions about it.
It is a new confidential computer record that will hold complete and up-to-date information which can be accessed by health professionals to help improve the care you receive. Information is being added to the records from various sources enabling it to be shared by GPs, hospitals and social care.
You will have a choice of who you want to have access to your record:
- you can give consent to share information with any professionals involved in your care indefinitely, for a limited time period or for a single appointment only;
- you can decline consent unless it is a medical emergency or for safeguarding purposes;
- or you can opt out of the scheme completely in which case no record will be held for you.
If you are happy to have your information held on the Dorset Care Record, you do not need to take any action and can expect to be asked which option suits you by a professional at one of your appointments.
However, if you want to opt out of the scheme you will need to complete an opt-out form which is available on leaflets describing the scheme.
Check out the website for more information: www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/dorset-care-record