The Access to Health Records Act 1990 gave individuals the right of access, subject to certain exceptions, to health information recorded about themselves.
The Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998 has superceeded most of the original act. Under the DPA, patients have the right to apply for access to their medical records.
The practice has a duty to maintain the confidentiality of patient information and to satisfy itself that the applicant is entitled to have access before releasing the information.
If you wish to apply for access to patient information held by the practice, you must apply in writing to the Managing Partner (non-clinical) stating your name, address and contact details and your status e.g. you are the patient, a parent of the record holder or a carer.
The practice can provide patients with a copy of their full or partial medical records, but there are certain exceptions to this. A fee is also payable and all application requests should be made in writing by one of the individuals referred in the DPA.
The Managing Partner (non-clinical) will then contact you to discuss your entitlement, any written authorisation that may be required and make arrangements as necessary for your request to be processed.
Under the Data Protection Act we ask you to be aware that we cannot disclose information to other people, including relatives and solicitors without your written permission.
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However, the practice may need to share information with authorised organisations and personnel regarding your personal medical care and also help to improve NHS services.