Request For Medical Records Cover Letter Uk
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Recently there have been reports of GP practices refusing (or demanding payment for) patient access to personal health data.
The information you request is usually provided free of charge but there may be a charge.
Under GDPR, the Trust or surgery has one month to respond to a request in writing.
If you are accessing information on children you may need to confirm that you have parental responsibility.
Professionals may deem a child to have capacity to consent even if they are under 16 years of age and consent may be requested from children.
In some circumstances, the organisation has the right to charge a fee for access to your health records. If you are applying for health records on behalf of someone else, you will need to: You should be aware that having power of attorney does not provide you with an automatic right to someone else’s medical records.
Other factors including the best interests of the patient need to be taken into account before a decision can be made.
To protect your privacy, you may be asked to show a passport, driving licence or some other proof of identity.
GP practices have a contract with the NHS to allow patients to see key sections of their GP record, including a list of their health problems, allergies, vaccinations, and medications – as well as their test results. It is, in fact, possible for you to see more data than this, including your letters and the details of the consultations you’ve had with your GP and any other medical staff.
Ultimately, the more you see, the better informed you are, saving both you and the practice time and work.
You have the right to receive a copy of these under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.
If you wish to access your health records from your GP, surgery staff or Health Trust you should do so in writing.