Your medical record

We keep medical records about your condition and treatment.

What are medical records?

Your records may include:

  • test results
  • x-rays
  • scans
  • medical reports
  • surgical or clinical notes.

Your medical records may be kept in an online database, as a paper file or a combination of both.

Your records are private and confidential.

Privacy and confidentiality

We’re committed to making sure your medical records are private and confidential.

In some situations, your health information will need to be shared between healthcare providers.

Accessing your medical records

Your medical record is the property of the hospital. But you can access your information under the Right to Information Act 2009 or the Information Privacy Act 2009 .

You can apply for access to your records and can change any wrong, incomplete, misleading or outdated information.

If you need to access someone else’s medical records, you’ll need to make a Right to Information request.

GP access to your hospital medical records

Your GP needs access to your hospital records, imaging and test results so they can give you ongoing care and treatment after you've been in hospital.

You’ll usually be given a discharge summary when you leave hospital, which you should take to your GP on your next visit. The hospital may send it directly to your GP. The summary will list the tests, procedures and treatments you had in hospital, and other important information.

Online access for GPs

GPs can register to have online access to medical records and patient information from Queensland Health clinical and administrative systems.

These may include:

  • pathology and radiology results
  • medications
  • allergies and alerts
  • care plans and discharge summaries.

If you don’t want your GP to have access to your information, you can opt out online or by calling 13 43 25 84. We can also arrange interpreter services for you.

Read more about what sort of information your GP can access.

Last updated:June 2021