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Health Charities

Macmillan Cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support
One in three of us will get cancer and it’s the toughest thing most of us will ever face. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, or a loved one has, you’ll want a team of people in your corner supporting you every step of the way. Macmillan provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care.

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Marie Curie Cancer Care is a UK charity dedicated to the care of people with terminal cancer and other illnesses. Over the financial year 2010/11, we reached a total of 31,799 patients

Youth Health Talk

Youthhealthtalk enables young people, their family and friends, and professionals such as doctors and teachers to understand young people's experiences of health, illness and life in general. The website feature real-life accounts of issues such as effect on work and education, social life and relationships, consulting health professionals and treatment.

The Data Protection Act 2018, gives every living person the right to apply for access to his or her health records. The exception to this is the records of the deceased persons, which are still governed by the Access to Health Records Act 1990.


The best way to access your records is online. You can ask at reception for your log in details by showing them some photographic identification. This is to keep information about you safe.

Otherwise, please request access to your records in writing and give this to reception detailing the particular date period you wish to view or have copies of. From the date of your request being received with your consent, the surgery has one calendar month within which to process the request. If, in exceptional circumstances, it is not possible to comply within this period you will be informed.

The GP is responsible for approving all access requests. To comply with an access request the GP has must have sufficient information to;

  •  identify the applicant
  •  locate the specific information
  • ensure the request is not excessive 

Individuals are entitled to apply for access to their whole health record as it was at the time the request was received by the Practice, without giving a reason for their request. However, it is more likely that you will only want to see part of the record, therefore the request needs to confirm which aspects are required.


There are certain circumstances in which the GP may withhold information. Access may be denied, or limited, where;

  •  The information might cause serious harm to the physical or mental health or condition of the patient involved or any other person.
  • Giving access would disclose information relating to or provided by a third person who has not consented to the disclosure.
  • An access request has previously been complied with; record holders need not respond to a subsequent identical or similar request unless a reasonable interval has elapsed. Reasonable charges may be made should this be the case.

NB:  The decision to refuse access on the above grounds will be made by the GP.

You can find advice on the Information Commissioner's (ICO) website on how to make a subject access requests [] and information on their powers and the action they can take [] or call them on 0303 123 1113.

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