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Access to social care records
If a social worker or care worker is currently involved in your care, you can ask to see your records. If you are in a residential home or attend a day centre you can ask the manager.
Contact our Data Protection Officer explaining what records you would like access to or complete the online Subject Access Request form.
Alternatively, please print and complete the Subject Access Request (SAR) form (MS Word, 332KB)
Please give as much information as possible to help us to locate your records.
You will need to provide evidence of:
- a copy of your passport
- birth certificate
- driving licence
- driving licence
- council tax bill
- a recent utility bill
- recent bank statement
There is normally a charge of £10 for handling requests. This may be waived in some circumstances.
Cheshire Care Record
Local health and social care services are working together to improve how your information is shared to support the decisions they make about your care.
Working across doctors surgeries, hospitals, community teams, mental health professionals, cancer care and social care the Cheshire Care Record provides a single summary of your health and social care record.
If you are being seen by more than one health or care service, the professionals treating you will now be able to share summary information if you have provided consent. This information can include recent appointments, test results, medicines, and a summary of any social care plan you are receiving.
For more information please visit: www.cheshirepioneer.co.uk/cheshire-care-record.
Why we keep records
We record information about you so we can provide services to you. This information may be kept on paper or on a computer.
Your records are confidential and can only be seen by the people who are providing you with a service. We do not give them to anyone else unless we have your permission or the law allows us to.
Records are generally kept for a few years after you stop receiving a service from us.
Your medical records will contain a detailed history about your physical and mental health. This history will have been compiled throughout your life by a range of healthcare professionals as part of your care.
How you can access your medical records
There are no legal restrictions preventing anyone from accessing their medical records. Under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998 we all have the right to request access to them and we do not have to provide any reasons why.
If you would like to view your medical records you can apply by:
- requesting access during a consultation
- phoning your GP surgery or hospital to arrange a convenient time to view them
- applying in writing to your GP, dentist, optician or health records manager
The process of applying for your records is called making a subject access request.