The computerised and paper records held about you are never retained longer than is necessary. The Department of Health ensures this by issuing retention periods for a variety of documents. Cambridge University Hospitals has in place a Trust retention and destruction schedule detailing retention periods for Trust-wide documents, and local retention and destruction schedules detailing retention periods for specific documents held within individual departments.
How long are records retained for?
Since 1998 an image of all patients’ records who have not attended the hospital for 4 years has been recorded, this image will be retained for 30 years. Once the records have been imaged the paper copy is destroyed.
How is confidential information destroyed?
Paper records that contain confidential information are shredded or incinerated when they are no longer required.
For more information please see the Records preservation, retention and destruction policy:
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To improve the service and quality of your care a new computer network is being developed nationally that will phase out the need for paper and film records. The network will hold your entire patient record to allow Hospitals, GP’s and chemist’s secure access to your health records to improve information sharing across the NHS.