Patient Hospital Records
Does anyone know how long records are kept with regard to patients who actually died whilst in hospital?
Started: 27th Apr 2007 at 19:27
I had to search ages for this but this came up on a Hospital site for London area, I don't know if its standard but it might give you some idea.
2.4 Retention and Destruction
All patient records will be retained in accordance with HSC 1999/53 “For the Record” In summary, this is as follows:
• Mental Health – 20 years after no further treatment considered necessary or 8 years after death
• Children and young people – until the patient’s 25th birthday, or 26th if the young person was 17 at conclusion of treatment
• Deceased persons – 8 years after death
If records are required to be kept for a longer period than stated, e.g. in cases of litigation and for research purposes, they must be clearly marked as such on the outside of the patient record folder
Replied: 27th Apr 2007 at 20:17
Empress thank you for that info I will look more into it.Anne
Replied: 27th Apr 2007 at 20:19
I hope you dont mind me just coming in on your message Anne but i want to offer my condolences to Empress and her family.
I had seen your earlier message Empress.
I was going to post a new message but i didnt want it to get hi-jacked and i did not want to write my sympathies in any other message on here where other 'issues' are being discussed.
Once again, my deepest of sympathies go out to you all.
Replied: 27th Apr 2007 at 20:35
Cheers DD, pity of it is I been expecting bad news about a different uncle, so this was a shock really.
Replied: 27th Apr 2007 at 21:09
I am not sure, I hope they never get rid of them. They have so much info on my if I was a fugitive that would surely find me.
Replied: 27th Apr 2007 at 23:07
Last edited by madamehmurray: 27th Apr 2007 at 23:18:16