About the Thames Valley & Surrey Care Records
What is it?
The Thames Valley & Surrey Care Records provides staff caring for you with a more complete picture of your medical history. It connects information held about you in different places such as your GP practice or local hospital and makes this available to the health and care staff involved in your care – wherever you are in the TVS area.
Over time it will also allow anonymous data to be analysed, trends identified and turned into actions for planning health and care and to improve the health and wellbeing of an entire population or local community. It will also enable a range of digital services and apps to be supported to enable people to manage their own health and stay healthy.
During the COVID-19 pandemic having up-to-date patient information has become even more important. We are looking where the implementation of the TVS Care Records can be safely accelerated to help patients.
How does it work?
Your GP, local hospital, social care, community or mental health team all hold different electronic records about you. This means your health and care information is like a jigsaw puzzle, with the pieces held in different places. The Thames Valley & Surrey Care Records does not replace the local care records, instead it connects the local care records and allows authorised health and care staff involved in your care to see a more complete picture at the touch of a button, and then provide you with the most appropriate care.
What does it contain?
The TVS Care Records provides a summary of patient data from other local care records that hold information about you.
The type of information viewed by health and care staff looking after you includes details like:
- Medications that you take
- Illnesses that you have
- Hospital admissions and discharge
- Test results
Full lists of the data shared using the TVS Care Records can be seen by checking the current status page.