The practice holds computerised health rec-ords, and is registered under the DATA PROTECTION ACT 1998 and the COMPUT-ER MISUSE ACT 1980, under which you have statutory rights. You are entitled to have access to your records that were hand-written after 1/11/1991. The Data protection Act 1998 gives patients the right to access their medical records, including computer-ised as well as manual records.
You must apply in writing stating the reason access is required: a charge of £10.00, plus photocopying fees (to a maximum of £50.00), will be made.
We will process applications for access re-ceived from patients, the parent/guardian for a child, a personal representative of a deceased patient (for which a statement of the requester’s claim to the deceased per-son’s estate is required in the request) or a person appointed to look after the affairs of a patient incapable of doing so personally. We will endeavour to allow access to records promptly; however applications may take up to 40 working days to process. If you have any questions about our access to health records procedures, please contact the Prac-tice Manager.