How to access your health records
We are happy to facilitate access to your records. We can provide informal access through your doctor or other practitioner. Just ask to see your recent notes (less than 40 days old) and they will discuss them with you.
We can provide you with copies of your information too if you make a formal request:
Request access to your health records (opens DOC)
Please fully complete the form and send it, along with the standard access fee of £10.00 in the form of a cheque made payable to ‘CNWL NHS Foundation Trust’, and acceptable proof of identity (as listed on the form), to the site at which you had your most recent appointment, or to the address below if you are unsure:
Data Protection Officer
Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
75 Hampstead Road
London NW1 2PL
On receipt of your completed request, proof of identity and access fee, we will commence the process of dealing with your request; this process will normally take between 21 and 40 days.
Before health records can be viewed or released there are a number of processes that we are legally obliged to follow under the Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Health) Order 2000. This includes reviewing the notes for any information that may cause serious harm and any third party information.
Once we know which parts of your health records you would like copies of, and the all the third-party checks have been done, we will contact you let you know the cost of your requested copies. The maximum that we can charge under these regulations is a total of £50.00 which is payable before any records will be provided.
If you need more information or have any questions, please contact the Data Protection Officer: telephone 020 3214 5852 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I complain about the contents of my records?
If you think that your current records contain inaccurate information, you should contact the health professional treating you and ask for it to be amended.
If you request to have your records amended, and we feel unable to make the amendment, we will attach a statement of your views to your records.
Apply to have information amended or removed from your health record (opens DOC)
If you are still not happy with the outcome, you can make written requests to the Information Commissioner (the authority responsible for regulating and enforcing the Data Protection Act) at the following address:
Information Commissioner’s Office
Cheshire SK9 5AF
Telephone: 0303 123 1113