The Health Records Department is responsible for
the storage of over half a million paper medical records, all of which we are in
the process of transferring onto the Trust's internal Electronic Document
Management System, which will improve accessibility of records for our
clinicians and assist with patient care.
The primary function for holding health records
is to support the delivery of individual patient care. However, you may be
receiving care from other professionals as well as the NHS (for example Social
Services), and in these instances it may be necessary to share some information
Getting access to your records
The Data Protection Act 1998 gives patients the
right to see what has been written in their health records. Any patients
requiring access to their records may do so by contacting the Ministries Office
Access to view records is free of charge (however, if copies are required there
is a fee of £50).
Applications can only be processed if received in
writing and the necessary information provided to establish identity and to
verify that the applicant has the authority to view the records.