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Your health records contain details about your health. They are made by doctors, nurses or other health professionals and you can request a copy of them here.
Your health records
Your health records contain information about your healthcare. They are made by doctors, nurses or other health professionals and can include:
- details about you, for example your date of birth, address, next of kin, gender, language, ethnicity, faith and/or any disability.
- hand-written clinical notes
- electronic clinical notes
- letters to and from other health professionals including GP referrals
- laboratory reports and results
- imaging scans such as x-rays
- printouts from monitoring equipment
- photographs and other recordings
The Trust can only respond to requests for copies of health records held by the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals including Liverpool Dental Hospital
Applying for access to health records
The Data Protection Act 1998 gives every living person the right to apply for access to information held on them by an organisation.
This is known as a Subject Access Request.
The person whose records are being requested is the Data Subject.
The person asking for the records is the Data Requester
Health Records of Deceased Patients
The Access to Health Records Act 1990 allows access to the records of a deceased person. Please note:
‘The duty of confidentiality obligations by health professionals continues beyond death’ Guidance for Access to Health Records Requests, February 2010, DH
There are two different application forms that you may use for health records:
- For living individuals: this is via The Data Protection Act 1998
- For a deceased person: this is via The Access to Health Records 1990