Badger Notes is an online portal and app where you can access your maternity records on a tablet, smartphone or PC at any time of the day or night. You can also share them with your GP. It is similar to the NHS app.
The information you can see on the app is in real-time straight from the hospital-based maternity system, using details entered by your midwife or other health professionals involved in your care.
The new digital record system has a whole host of features, enabling service users to view extracts of information from their pregnancy record in real time and log key pregnancy events.
When using the app, you can capture your choices of what you want to happen at each stage of your pregnancy, learn about your baby’s development and access information recommended by your midwife. You can also submit thoughts or questions about antenatal and postnatal care, to review with your team at your next appointment.
The new digital system aims to improve the experience of expectant parents by increasing choice, personalisation and empowering you to take greater ownership of your maternity care.
It also makes it easier for healthcare professionals to share information and your maternity records because it is all in one place – for example if you are away from home and need to go to another hospital.
What are the benefits of using the app?
- Information can be shared with you directly from the maternity system.
- Records can be easily updated at each maternity visit or appointment.
- Midwives do not have to enter data multiple times on paper handheld notes.
- Only those with the correct login details are able to access the notes.
You can add information such as:
- Details about you, including your occupation and any allergies.
- Your plans and preferences for your care before, during and after your birth.
- Feedback regarding your antenatal care, labour and birth experiences.
Badger Notes allows you real time access to your maternity, child or neonatal records. The information that appears is generated in real-time from your hospital based system using details entered by your midwife or other health professionals involved in your care.
How can I access Badger Notes?
If you are pregnant and have been booked to have your first midwife appointment (booking), on or after this date, you can download the Badger Notes app before your appointment from your smartphone's app store. At the appointment, a passphrase will be given to you by your midwife to enable you to create an account. You will then be sent a verification text to your mobile.
Patients already in our services before the app was launched, will be offered Badger Notes from 17 November but their paper records will not be withdrawn.
Do I have to use Badger Notes?
No. It is completely your choice.
Is the system secure?
Yes. All information is held securely and cannot be accessed without the correct log-in details – similar to internet banking.
As this is a new system please be patient if there are any delays with the app while we all get used to it.