Rights of access

Under Section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998 and subject to certain conditions, individuals have a legal right of access to personal information held about them, including their health records.

Requests for access to personal information are called Subject Access Requests.

Access includes:

  • The right to obtain a copy of the record in permanent form, and
  • The right to review a record without obtaining a copy
  • The right to have information explained where necessary

The Act requires us to respond to a subject access request within 40 days of receiving it.

However, the Department of Health recommends that we respond within 21 days of receipt.

There are two circumstances under which access may be denied or restricted:

  • If access might cause serious harm to the patients' physical or mental health
  • If the record contains third party information.

The fee for providing a copy of a computerised record is £10.

Your patient records

Please see Patient records.

Proof of identity

We will need to confirm your identity before disclosing any information or releasing photocopies.

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