Access to Medical Records
All applications for access to records, whether paper or electronic, of a living person are now made under the Data Protection Act 1998. For deceased persons, applications are made under sections of the 1990 Access to Health Records Act.
Applications can be made by:
- Children 16 years or over and the mentally compentent.
- Parents, or an individaul, given parental responsibility by a court for children under 16.
- Patient representatives with written authorisation from the patient (i.e. a solicitor or relative).
- Court representatives.
Applications may be made by the patients’ personal reprasentative or any person who may have a claim arising out of the patient’s death.