Privacy is an important issue at Lompoc Valley Medical Center. To help you understand your medical record, we have provided answers to many frequently asked questions.
How can I get a copy of my records?
If an individual wants their records and they have a large sized chart there is a copy service that can be hired. There is a charge for anything over 10 pages. Those charges would be a flat fee of $9.75 plus $.25 per page. Requesting your own record or authorized to receive another patients record requires a visit to LVMC Health Information Department 805-737-3330, filing a form detailing the records you seek, and a valid signature. LVMC will copy the requesters government issued identification for LVMC record.
Who has access to my medical records?
Access to all medical records are obtainable by any law enforcement agency: sheriff, coroner, FBI, local police departments, Child Protective Services (CPS), etc. in the role of their investigation. Doctors, doctor's offices and hospitals affiliated with your care request records and often require the consent of the patient.
What if I am unable to get my own records?
In case of an emergency the patient should have a durable power of attorney completed or on file with us. If the patient is not able to request their own records, their Durable Power or Attorney (DPOA) comes into effect and their agents request records. LVMC offers Advanced Directives free of charge.
Am I able to request my children's records?
Parents are authorized copies of children records when the child is under the age of 18.
Should I get a copy of my records if I move?
Not necessarily. With your consent, LVMC medical records are available to your new physician. For further information, please call our staff at 805-737-3330.