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Communicating with relatives

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 11 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4527

Re: Communicating with relatives

Thank you for this excellent educational resource. Just as other relatives described in your article, I would wish for my wife to have full access to my medical information if I was very ill.

My wife and I have drawn up health and welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney and have included the following clauses. The LPAs including the clauses are registered with the Court of Protection.

“a) You may access all of my Personal, Medical and Social Care Records

b) You may apply for access to and/or copies of my Health and Social Care Records after my death it if is for the benefit of the health and welfare of my descendants and nearest of kin and not of detriment to my reputation.”

c) You may register me with an accredited (by the Care Quality Commission) Home Care Organisation and create an on-line information sharing tool with them and my Attorneys to jointly manage my Health & Social Welfare. “

Our two children are also attorneys and understand the clauses. I hope that the North West of England will follow the example of Professor Julia Riley's "Coordinate my Care" portal which will allow us to post our wishes for any NHS staff involved in my critical care to see.


Competing interests: No competing interests

03 November 2017
Richard Fitton
Retired GP
Manor House Surgery Glossop Derbyshire SK13 1HZ
Glossop Derbyshire