How do I access my health records?
Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you have a legal right to access your health records. If you want to see your health records, an application form is available at reception. When completed, this should be handed to reception. You will then be contacted to arrange a suitable date & time to visit the surgery and view your records. You don't have to give a reason for wanting to see your records
As well as having a copy of your health records, the surgery will also have a summary of any hospital tests, or treatment, that you have had. Any hospitals where you have had treatment, or tests, will also hold records
To see your hospital health records, you will have to contact the Hospital Trust where you were seen/received treatment
Under the Data Protection Act 1998 (Fees and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2001 the maximum fee that can be charged for providing copies of health records is £10 for computer records and £50 for copies of manual records or a mixture of manual and computer records.
Power of attorney
Your health records are confidential, and members of your family are not allowed to see them unless you give them written permission, or they have power of attorney
A lasting power of attorney is a legal document that allows you to appoint someone to make decisions for you, should you become incapable of making decisions yourself
The person you appoint is known as your attorney. An attorney can make decisions about your finances, property, and welfare. It is very important that you trust the person you appoint so that they do not abuse their responsibility. A legal power of attorney must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before it can be used