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Access to Health Records and Reports

GP practices frequently receive requests from people wishing to view or acquire copies of their health records or those of others.  These requests may come from a patient directly or from third parties such as solicitors or family members of deceased patients.  The information on this page is, therefore, guidance on the circumstances in which you may receive and respond to requests to access health records and reports, the considerations you should give to such requests and any charges that can be levied.

On 25 May 2018 most processing of personal data by organisations will have to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation.  We are awaiting definitive guidance on what this will mean for General Practice, however early indications are that no charges can apply for accessing medical records.  We will be offering training to GP practices ahead of May 2018.  In the meantime, if you have any queries do not hesitate to contact us in the LMC office to discuss.

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9637Access To Medical Reports (BMA Medical Ethics Dept. Guidance)
Type: pdf, 30.6KB, added 2 years ago
9638Access To Patient Records - BMA Advice on Police Requests
added 2 years ago
9635BMA - Accessing and fees for medical records
added 2 years ago
9640BMA - Parental Responsibility (inc. access to records)
added 2 years ago
9633BMA - Parental Responsibility (inc. access to records)
Type: pdf, 147.5KB, added 2 years ago
9636BMA Confidentiality and health records toolkit
added 2 years ago
9634BMA Guidance - Accessing Health Records
Type: pdf, 246.6KB, added 2 years ago
9639CQC Accessing medical records during inspections of GP practices
added 2 years ago

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