Information about yourself, known as ‘personal data’, is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. It is the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018 which gives you the right to see the personal information that we hold about you. Requests for personal data, including medical records can be made by contacting the Access to Records Team (see contact details below).
You will not normally be charged for information but you will need to be able to confirm your identity which will need to be verified.
To access your own health records please contact:
The Access to Health Records Service
St Luke’s Hospital
Little Horton Lane
Tel: 01274 365883 or 01274 365813
Fax: 01274 383746
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) gives the public a general right of access to all types of recorded non-personal information held by public authorities, including the NHS. The Act sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on public authorities. We will deal with all requests in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act Code of Practice.
You can seek any non-personal recorded information that you think we may hold.
If the information is environmental, we will respond according to the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004.
If the information is your own personal data, then you should make a subject access request under the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR), and not under the FOI Act. See above for details on how to access your own personal data.
The FOI Act requires certain information to be supplied before we can respond to your request:
- your real name – we do not have to respond to requests submitted under a pseudonym;
- your address (email addresses are acceptable); and
- a description of the information you wish to obtain;