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Subject Access to Medical Records

Subject Access to Medical Records (SAR)

Formal requests to View or to request copies of your Medical Records under the Data Protection Act files_5

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you have a legal right to apply for access to health information held about you. This includes your NHS or private health records held by a GP, optician or dentist, or by a hospital.

A health record contains information about your mental and physical health recorded by a healthcare professional as part of your care.

If you want to see your health records, you don't have to give a reason.

Applying for access to your health records

Depending on which health records you want to see, submit your request in writing to:

Janice Muirhead  Practice Manager

This is known as a Subject Access Request (SAR).

It's a good idea to state the dates of the records when you apply.

The Practice Manager will decide whether your request can be approved. Your GP can refuse your request if, for example, they believe that releasing the information may cause serious harm to your physical or mental health or that of another person.

From 25th May 2018 there will be no charges for SAR requests following implementation of GDPR 



 
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