Local Care Records
Your local NHS organisations in Lambeth have a duty to keep complete, accurate and up-to-date information about your health, so that you can receive the best possible care.
Sometimes the people caring for you need to share some of your information with others that are also supporting you. This could include GPs, hospital based specialists, nurses and health visitors.
To enable this information sharing to happen more quickly and to improve the care you receive, a new process has been put in place in Lambeth called the Local Care Record .
Through existing computer systems, this will join up care records held on your GP practice with the three main local hospital organisations: Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.
Information is only shared when it is needed to make your care and treatment safer, easier and faster and only with those people directly involved in your care. This could include allowing a hospital doctor to see the medication that a GP has prescribed for you when you go into hospital or allowing a GP to see what care, tests or treatment you received while in hospital.
Whenever possible, professionals will inform you that they are accessing your care record. This may not be possible every time, for example in an emergency, however each time a person accessing your information there is a clear record of it.
Above all the Local Care Record will allow professionals supporting you to work with you to make safer and better decisions about your care.
To find out how to opt out (should you wish to) please contact your practice or the hospital team currently looking after you.