The Data Protection Act gives you the right to ask for a copy of the information an organisation holds about you. This right is commonly known as a subject access request (SAR).
Requests for medical (health) records
- A request for information from health records has to be made with the organisation that holds your health records – the data controller. For example, your GP practice, optician or dentist.
- For hospital health records, contact the records manager or patient services manager at the relevant hospital trust.
GP Health Records for registered individuals
We require an application form to be completed before any information can be released.
This is available to download by clicking here.
Completed applications received may take up to 30 days to be processed and the information supplied to you.
GP Health Records for un-registered or deceased individuals
NHS England is the data controller of GP health records where an individual is currently not registered with a GP or is deceased. These records are held by Primary Care Support England (PCSE) on behalf of NHS England. You can find the application form and details of where to send your request here https://pcse.england.nhs.uk/organisations/public/