Apply for access to your Health Records

The Data Protection Act gives you the right to access health information about you that is recorded manually, on a computer or other storage means.

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

Time Period

  • 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.

This page was updated: by Andy Leppard.
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