How do I obtain my maternity records?
You can ask your GP, midwife, doctor or health visitor to obtain your records so that you can see them. You do not need a form to do this but can simply ask them at any time. You will need to go in person to the hospital or GP surgery to see your records. You can also make a formal request to see your records.
What records are maintained during pregnancy?
Making a birth plan. Written by Dr Diane Farrar.
How long are maternity records kept for?
Maternity records (including obstetric and midwifery) Maternity records must be kept for twenty five years after the birth of the last child. With medical records having such a long storage life span, keeping them in good order – so that they are kept safe and secure and easy to access – can often be a challenge.
What is pregnancy health Record?
What is it? One secure digital record of a woman’s antenatal journey that is designed to capture and share health information between a pregnant woman and her healthcare providers.
When should I see midwife for first time?
Your first midwife appointment (also called the booking appointment) should happen before you’re 10 weeks pregnant. This is because you’ll be offered some tests that should be done before 10 weeks. If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant and have not seen a GP or midwife, contact a GP or midwife as soon as possible.
Can you keep your maternity notes?
At every appointment your midwife or doctor will record what happens in your notes. You will usually look after your notes. Take good care of them, as usually there is no copy. Keep them with you at all times in case of an emergency and ask if there’s anything you don’t understand.
What does USS mean in pregnancy?
Tr: Trace, so ‘Tr blood’ would mean a trace of blood was found in your urine, for instance. TCA: To come again (as in, you need another appointment) USS: Ultrasound Scan. VE: Vaginal examination.
Can I request a copy of my maternity notes?
You can apply for your birth notes through the Freedom of Information Officer or Patient Liaison Officer at your maternity unit. You can ring the hospital and ask to be transferred to the Patient Liaison/FOI Officer for instruction or simply write a detailed letter expressing an interest in a copy of your birth notes.
What happens at your first antenatal appointment at the hospital?
What happens at the first antenatal appointment? Your midwife or doctor will ask you questions about your health such as any illnesses, medications, operations and other pregnancies and what happened. They will also ask about your family’s medical history. You might also be asked whether you smoke or use other drugs.
WHO recommended ANC visits?
World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that all women should initiate their first antenatal care in the first trimester of pregnancy and should have at least four antenatal visits to avoid the health risk during pregnancy (WHO, 2016).
Where do you get your maternity records from?
If you receive NHS maternity care in the UK you will receive a set of maternity records, often called your handheld records, at your booking appointment, which you keep with you throughout your pregnancy and birth. Midwives and doctors make a note of all the maternity care they provide in the records, including test and scan results.
What does the PRSB mean for maternity records?
The PRSB has produced a standard for maternity care records, which will mean that information from a record can be understood by all IT systems in use across the country, enabling the seamless exchange of information regardless of local maternity system boundary.
Why do we need a maternity record standard?
It will also support mothers in managing their own maternity information, giving them more personalised and focussed appointments with healthcare professionals and helping midwives and clinicians to provide holistic care.
How are birth records kept in the hospital?
Midwives and doctors make a note of all the maternity care they provide in the records, including test and scan results. After your baby’s birth and discharge from hospital, these records are retained by the hospital. Many hospitals also use electronic systems for making notes during labour.