Missing Records Put Health At Risk

A survey carried out by the Health Service Journal has found that doctors at NHS hospitals carry out an alarming number of outpatient consultations without any access to patient records.

The survey of 49 NHS Trusts focused on outpatient appointments between 2006 and 2008.  The figures varied between trusts, with one, the City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Trust having almost 1 in 5 sets of records missing.  The average was 1 in 40.

The study concludes that if the average is repeated across the country, then as many as 1.2 million patients are being seen by doctors who do not have access to their records.

Clearly, it is important for a doctor to have access to a patient’s records when he or she see them.  The records contain the patient’s history, results of investigations that have been carried out and drugs that have been prescribed.  Without this vital information, the health of the patient is at risk.

If you or a member of your family have suffered as a result of substandard medical treatment, we might be able to help.  Call us on 0800 321 3112 to speak with one of our nurse advisors.

Posted 22nd May 2008 | Posted in News,Uncategorised