Access to records


Who has access to my medical records?


You have the right to obtain copies of all your health records. To apply, you have to write to your GP or hospital but you don't have to give a reason for applying. Usually, there is a fee to pay.


Other people such as your employer or mortgage dealer can also have access to your medical records if you have given permission for this. However, they must not get them from your doctor before they have informed you, and let you know what your rights are.

If your doctor is asked to send your medical records on to a third party, you can ask for a copy of the report. If there's anything in it you don't agree with, you can ask them to attach your own notes.


Sometimes you can give companies the right to access your medical records without realising it. For example, an insurance company which asks if you've ever been diagnosed with a serious illness will be granted access to your medical records when you sign up for that policy. Always read the small print.


For more advice on how NHS records are accessed visit NHS choices.

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