Access to Records
Under the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018 you have the right to see or have a copy of data we hold that can identify you, with some exceptions. You do not need to give a reason to see your data.
If you wish to access your data you must make the request to us. Under special circumstances, some information may be withheld. If you wish to have a copy of the information we hold about you, please contact the Practice. By law we must respond to any subject access request within one calendar month.
You can also view certain aspects of your medical record directly through your online SystmOnline account, which links directly with your electronic medical record. Should you wish to set up a SystmOnline account, please visit the surgery with photographic identification.
A SystmOnline account will also grant you the ability to control your care by allowing you to:
- Book your own appointments with the Practice in advance.
- Order your own repeat prescriptions
- View your test results
Correcting your medical record
Following the review of your medical record, you have the right to query aspects of the medical record with your GP. If any factual inaccuracies are highlighted as a result of this, you have the right to request that these inaccuracies be removed from your record, provided that the Practice’s Caldicott Guardian agrees to do so.
There is no provision in English legislation to allow accurate medical information to be removed from a medical record, unless ordered to by a legal sanction.
Patients' Access to Their Notes
Patients with online accounts such as through the NHS App will be able to read new entries in their health record.
From April 2022, the IT system configuration for GP surgeries is being changed so that existing online users have access to their future, or prospective, health information entered after this change is made. New online users set up after this date will also receive this level of access by default. Patients need to be aware that General Practices (GP Surgeries) will be able to customise or remove access for individuals if having access to future, or perspective, GP health information is inappropriate.
This is an NHS England and NHS Improvement programme supported by NHS Digital.
The change supports NHS Long Term Plan commitments to provide patients with digital access to their health records. It means GPs will need to consider the impact of each entry, including documents and test results, as they add them to a patient’s record. Patients will not see personal information – such as positive test results – until they have been checked and filed, giving clinicians the chance to contact and speak to patients first.
We also aim to enable patients to request their historic coded records in 2022 through the NHS App.
Research shows that increasing numbers of patients want easy access to health information about them, including 80% of the 26 million NHS App users. Better access supports patients as partners in managing their health, and can help reduce queries to general practice such as on negative test results and referral letters.
The change also supports existing GMS contract requirements to promote and offer online patient access to all future information, unless exceptional circumstances apply.
This change will apply to the NHS App and all other approved patient-facing services apps that provide record access.
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