The Data Protection Act sets out circumstances where access can be denied or restricted, including:
- Where the health professional considers that the information could cause serious harm to the physical or mental health of the patient or any other individual
- Where another individual could be identified by the information (unless the individual has consented to the application). This does not apply where that individual is a health professional involved in the care of the patient.
- Third person involvement – where a third party has divulged information given in confidence to a clinician concerning the patient given on the basis that it would not be shared with the patient – these parts of the record will not be released
- The Trust has 30 days to respond and provide the information
How to Gain Access
- You can apply to access your health records by contacting the Access to Health Records Department either in writing, via telephone or by email to request a standard application form.
- It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide enough information to enable the Trust to identify your records
- Solicitors and third party must provide evidence to show they are authorised to act on the patient’s behalf
- If you do not want to use this online form, you can download a printable PDF version to complete and send to us in the post.