Your Medical Records
When you become a patient at St Kilda Day Hospital, your health information or your medical record is the basis for planning your care and treatment. Every time you attend the hospital, new information is added to the record.
St Kilda Day Hospital is required to keep your medical record for a minimum of seven years after your last attendance.
Why This Information is Important
Your medical record is the means of communication for many health professionals at the hospital who contribute to your care. We need to ensure that each healthcare professional involved in your care has all the facts. Your previous history of care helps us to quickly identify which treatments are likely to be appropriate and effective for you.
We rely on the information that you give staff to help provide the right care for you. Withholding relevant information may put your health at risk, and we wish your stay to be as safe as possible.
Restricted Access for Your Protection
Information about you is securely stored in a medical record file. Health information is available to healthcare professionals who are involved in your care. In an emergency situation, we will release personal information about you to facilitate your care. In all other circumstances, your written consent will be sought prior to information being released.
Some information about your is also stored on your computer systems. Computer stored information (such as your Name, Address, Date of Birth, Telephone, Number, Pathology results and Diagnosis) allows all healthcare professionals involved in your care to access information easily and quickly when it is needed.
Data for Government and Others
In some circumstances, private hospitals are required by law to release personal information about you. For example, we have to report some diseases to the Department of Human Services (Victoria). We also provide basic information about you to the Department of Human Services, such as age, gender and the suburb in which you live, but not your name. Information is also provided to your health fund to ensure that they have evidence of treatment to pay for your care.
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