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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can sign the Release of Information form?
Any of the following people can sign the Release of Information form:

  • Patient - 18 years of age or older
  • Legal next of kin
  • Emancipated Minor
  • Healthcare Surrogate
  • Medical Power of Attorney (must state medical information in POA)

Can I get all of my records from the Medical Records Department?
No, certain records must be requested from their respective departments.

  • Radiology films
  • Nuclear Medicine films
  • Cardiology films

Please call (813) 870-4000 for more information.

How long does the hospital keep my records?
We keep your medical records for 10 years.

How long will it take you to process my request?
We generally take 4-5 business days to fulfill your medical records request.

Can you send my medical records to my doctor for me?
Yes, we will be happy to fax or mail your records at no charge to your doctor's office or treatment center. Please indicate this information on the Release of Information Request form.

Is there a charge for copying my medical records?
Typically, there is a charge of $1 per page to copy the medical records to give to you. We will contact you if we must charge a fee for copying your medical records.

Can I request a copy of a birth certificate from you?
You can obtain a copy of a birth certificate from:
The Office of Vital Statistics
13601 N. 22nd St
Tampa, FL 33613
(813) 307-8002
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:30pm

A Vital Statistics satellite office is located inside St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.
3030 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 871-8697
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm

I have additional questions. Is there a number I can call to talk with someone?
Yes, please call (813) 870-4000 and we will be happy to assist you.

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