Access to medical records and freedom of information

The practice is registered and complies with the Data Protection Act 1998. Any request for access to notes by a patient, patient’s representative or outside body will be dealt with in accordance with the Act. Patients must always give written consent for any information to be given to third parties. In the legislation there are fees for accessing records and these range from £10 to £50. Please enquire to find out more.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 was intended to promote a culture of openness and accountability amongst public sector bodies. Patients can be reassured that their personal data will never be disclosed but we may use anonymised statistical data to help manage public health in the community. The Health Centres have, in accordance with the Act, produced a “publication scheme” outlining the type of information which might be available and the associated charges. If you wish to know more please do not hesitate to contact our General Practice Manager