Access to Records Policy
Subject Access Requests (SAR)
A request by a patient, or a request by a third party who has been authorised by the patient, for access under the GDPR (and DPA 2018) is called a Subject Access Request (SAR). If you want to see your health records, or wish a copy, please complete a Practice Subject Access Request Form which you can complete online or please contact the Practice and we will provide you with our paper format.
Contact will, subsequently, be made by the Practice to arrange a time for you to come in and collect or read them. You don’t have to give a reason for wanting to see your records and there is no charge for this service. You willl however be required to produce proof of identity before being allowed to read them.
Please Note: We are obliged to process your request up to 28 days from submission.
Access to Medical Records & Confidentiality
We operate a strict policy of patient confidentiality, and will not release patient identifiable information to any third party, without prior authorisation from the patient. We are registered with the Data Protection Agency and are bound by its regulations, and by the Access to Medical Records Act.
Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 recognises that members of the public have the right to know how public services are organised and run, how much they cost and how the decisions are made. From January 1st 2005 it obliges General Practices to respond to requests about information that it holds, and is recorded in any format and it will create a right of access to that information. These rights are subject to some exemptions which have to be taken into consideration before deciding what information it can release.
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