Cornerstone SurgeryCornerstone Surgery Drs Consiglio & SuttonDrs Consiglio & Sutton
Fingerpost Park Health Centre, Atlas St, St. Helens, WA9 1LN
Tel: 01744 738835 / 01744 647040  |  Fax: 01744 454624
Fingerpost Park Health Centre,
Atlas St, St. Helens, WA9 1LN
Tel: 01744 738835 / 01744 647040
Fax: 01744 454624

Subject Access Requests

The Data Protection Act 1998 gives a patient, or their parent, guardian or agreed representative, the right of access to their health records

Although the Act gives right of access, there are a number of restrictions or exceptions to this right, which are made at the discretion of the clinician concerned. The restrictions are as follows:

  • where there is doubt as to the validity of the request or there is not enough information to proceed with the request
  • where it is considered that access would disclose information likely to cause harm to the physical or mental health of the patient or of any other individuals
  • where access would lead to the disclosure of the identity of another individual who has not consented to the disclosure of the information, unless that individual is a health professional who has been involved in the care of the patient
  • where it is considered that the patient authorising access to another individual has not understood the meaning of authorisation
  • where it is considered that a child under the age of 16 is capable of understanding what the application is about and wishes to deny parental access
  • where it is considered that a child under the age of 16 is not capable of understanding the nature of the application, but it is felt to be in the child's best interests that parental access be denied
  • in the case of a deceased patient, where the patient's express wish not to disclose is recorded in the health record, or where the information disclosed is not relevant to any claim arising out of the patient's death

Fees for access to records

The Practice is entitled to charge up to a maximum of £50 for access to records, which depends on the type of access required and if copies of records are requested

Making a request

Requests for access to medical records must be made in writing to the Practice Manager

The Practice has 40 days in which to respond to your request, however we will try to respond within 21 days

If the Practice requires more information in order to comply with the request, or if the Practice has decided that a charge will be made for the access request, the Practice will notify you in writing. The Practice is not obliged to continue with your request until the additional information has been provided or the fee has been paid

Last update 20/05/13