Accessing your Medical Records
Accessing Your Medical Records
If you have suffered injury or illness and you believe this was because something went wrong while you were being cared for by a healthcare professional, accessing your medical records can allow the team at Hospital Negligence to build your case in order to make a successful claim for compensation.
Your records can help us to better investigate the circumstances of the incident, allowing us to paint a better picture of what happened and what should have been done differently.
Requesting Records on Your Behalf
If the team at Hospital Negligence takes on your case, we will request your medical records on your behalf, and will simply require you to sign a form of authority to enable us to do so.
Can I Access My Own Medical Records?
A standard form that you can use to request your medical records should be available from the GP practice or hospital where you were treated. However, you can simply send a letter to the Medical Records Department of the hospital addressed to the practice manager of the surgery. Your letter should clearly set out whose records you are requesting. You will be asked to pay a fee to cover the cost of the copying of the records, but this should be no more than £50.
If the request is on behalf of a child under 16, their parental guardian can make the request on their behalf, or if it relates to someone without the mental capacity to make the request, then their court-appointed representative can do so.
As medical records are confidential, to request those of someone else (for example, a family member) you must include a signed form of authority permitting you to access their records.
How Long Will It Take for My Records to Arrive?
The healthcare body that holds your records has 40 days from the date of the request to supply them to you or your solicitors.
About Your Records
Every time we visit the GP, have a hospital appointment or undergo any kind of medical treatment or procedure an official record is kept of what happened and when.
Every patient has a legal right to access the records and notes that have been made by healthcare practitioners responsible for their treatment and care under the Data Protection Act 1998.
There is nothing to stop patients from asking to see notes and records during consultations with healthcare staff. However, to get a full history of your medical treatment it is advisable to make a formal written request to have your records sent to you.
Where a patient has died, an application can be made for their records under the Access to Health Records Act 1990 by anyone who is bringing a claim for medical negligence following the death.
Why Would I Need My Medical Records?
If something has gone wrong with your care and you have been injured as a result, you may want to speak to a legal expert about bringing a claim for medical negligence. By doing so, you may be able to claim compensation and hold the healthcare trust responsible to account for their actions.
Specialist medical negligence solicitors, such as those at Hospital Negligence, will always thoroughly investigate the circumstances in which you came to be injured to build the strongest possible case. As such, we will need to review your medical records to pinpoint exactly what went wrong and when, and what healthcare staff should have done differently.
Talk to Us
For more information about how we can help with regard to accessing your medical records, or to discuss a potential compensation claim, get in touch today. Call us on 0800 014 7481 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.