Westfield Avenue, Earl Shilton, Leicester, LE9 7RT
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The Data Protection Act gives every living person (or authorised representative) the right to apply for access to their health records.
Online Access to Medical Records
As of March 2016, [Coded information from Medical Records / Full Medical Records] can be accessed as part of the Practice’s online services. For security reasons, you will have to visit the practice to undertake an identity check before you are granted access to these records.
To make a subject access request
A request for your medical health records held at Heath Lane Surgery must be made in writing (e-mails accepted) to the Administration Team (please contact the practice for alternative methods of access if you are unable to make a request in writing).
You can apply using an Application for Access to Medical Records Form available from reception or online if you wish.
Under the Data Protection Act you will not normally be charged a fee to view your health records or to be provided with a copy of them unless the request is judged to be unfounded or excessive.
In the event that a request is deemed to be unfounded or excessive, a fee will be incurred based on the administrative cost of providing the information.
Once the data controller has all the required information, and fee where relevant, your request should be fulfilled within one month (in exceptional circumstances where it is not possible to comply within this period, you will be informed of the delay within one month of the request. We will provide you with a timescale of when the information will be made available, which will be no more than three months after the request was made).
In some circumstances, the Act permits the data controller to withhold information held in your health record. These rare cases are:
When making your request for access, it would be helpful if you could provide details of the time-periods and aspects of your health record you require (this is optional, but it may help save practice time and resources).
If you are using an authorised representative, you need to be aware that in doing so, they may gain access to all health records concerning you, which may not all be relevant. If this is a concern, you should inform your representative of what information you wish them to specifically request when they are applying for access.
GPs have ethical obligations around how patient records are shared, and will explain to patients, in broad terms, the implications of making a Subject Access Request so they can make an informed decision on whether they wish to exercise their rights under the Data Protection Act.
Send the application to:
Leah Hart – Practice Manager
Heath Lane Surgery, Westfield Avenue,
Earl Shilton, Leicestershire, LE9 7RT.