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Access to Health records

The BMA has produced guidance for GPs and their practices covering all aspects relating to confidentiality of patient information and medical records

The resource includes a number of key guidances:

Access to health records. This includes specific guidance relating to deceased patients setting out the circumstances in which health professionals may receive, and respond to, requests for access to health records in relation to deceased patients
Access to medical reports
• Confidentiality and health records tool kit

Additionally guidance on the disclosure of data for secondary purposes, the GP report insurance package, GPs as data controllers, principles for sharing electronic patient records, retention of health records, summary care record, taking and using visual and audio recordings of patients, test results in an electronic world and subject access requests (SARs) for insurance purposes can also be found here

The BMA also provides clarity in relation to Medical records access and copying fees
Importantly this includes advice relating to exceptions for police authorities as well as covering solicitor requests for access to patient records, solicitors photocopying in a GP surgery. This guidance also sets out what practices can and cannot charge for this work.


March 2018

The voice for NHS GPs and Practice Teams across North Yorkshire, the City of York, Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale & Craven districts.