Benefits for you and your health service

Improved access to patient health and social care information across multiple providers will lead to:
  • Better and faster clinical decisions which means you will be treated quicker and will be back home faster
  • You won’t be asked the same questions over and over again
  • It’s safer because clinicians have all of your information e.g any allergies you have, or medications you are on
  • It reduces the chances of errors being made
  • An improved patient journey because the different care providers know what your preferences are
  • You will feel more involved and engaged in your care package

What information is held?

We’ve provided a summary of the data provided for the shared record from each contributing partner.

Who can access my information?

Your information will only be accessed by health and social care professionals – such as the district nurse involved in your care – if you have given your consent. You will be asked for this consent the first time that a health or social care professional wishes to view your record.

Sheila arrived at A&E because her breathing had worsened. A&E were able to check the patient’s details on the Cheshire Care Record to see her medicines, check for allergies and see the GP’s diagnosis.
Sheila stayed in hospital for a few days. Before discharge, the hospital were able to see on the Cheshire Care Record that Sheila had a social care package that needed restarting and this was planned in advance so that discharge was not delayed.
On returning home, the community matron visits Sheila to discuss the continuing care support she will need whilst recovering. The matron looks at the Cheshire Care Record to get a clear picture of Sheila’s hospital treatment before the visit.

What is the Cheshire Care Record?

The Cheshire Care Record is an overview of your health and social care information in one digital record.

Whether you are visiting your GP, attending hospital, or being seen in your own home by a community nurse or social worker, we want you to get the best care but we can only do this if all the health and social care professionals involved in your care have access to the information they need.

Your shared health and social care information will include test results, medications, allergies and social or mental health information.

By sharing a summary of the information included in your health and social care records they can provide better care.

For more information on the Cheshire Care Record, you can read the leaflet.

A Cheshire Care Record has been created for every person in Cheshire unless you have opted out of sharing data at your GP surgery, in which case a record will not exist for you.

Staff will access your record to provide you with direct care and treatment. If you do not want your data to be shared in this way you can opt out at your GP practice.

You can also find out more information by reading our FAQs section.

This means:

  • You don’t have to keep repeating your medical or social care history
  • Care professionals have access to the right information when they need it
  • We can reduce duplicate appointments and tests
  • You will receive the right treatment and care more quickly.

By having an overview of your care, GPs, hospital doctors, nurses, social workers and other health and social care professionals can make the best decisions about your diagnosis, treatment and care plan.