Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you are entitled to request information from your clinical records, or any other personal data that we hold about you.
If you request information from your records, you must make a Subject Access Request to the Practice Manager, who will respond in approx 14 days (this is dependant on what information is being requested).
The patient still needs to put the request in writing and it can take a couple of weeks to get it depending on what they are requesting.
The practice may share your personal information with other NHS organisations where this is lawful and appropriate for your health care. In other circumstances we may approach you for specific consent to release personal information to a third party. Information will not normally be released to other family members without written patient consent.
In some circumstances there are statutory or ethical obligations (for example, in connection with public health) for information to be disclosed to one or more third parties without your consent, however you may be consulted about these in advance. All staff have access to some or all of your personal information and health record, but only to the extent required in relation to their roles, governed by employee contractual confidentiality agreements and by the legal requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.
More information about accessing your records can be found at NHS Choices.