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Access to Healthcare Records

The Data Protection Act 1998 gives every living person or their authorised representative, the right to apply for access to their healthcare record.

What is a healthcare record?

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A healthcare record for the purposes of the Act is defined as a record which consists of information about the physical or mental health or condition of an identifiable individual which has been made by or on behalf of a health professional in connection with the care of that individual.

A healthcare record can be recorded in a computerised form or in a manual form or even a mixture of both. They may include such things as, hand written clinical notes, letter to and from other health professionals, laboratory reports, radiographs and other imaging records e.g. X-rays and not just X-ray reports, printouts from monitoring equipment, photographs, videos and tape-recording of telephone conversations (where applicable).

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When can records be kept from me?

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, there are certain circumstances in which the record holder may withhold information. Access may be denied or limited where:

Who can apply for access to their healthcare records?

You have a right to apply if: