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Patients Access to their Health Records

The Data Protection Act 1998 (Section 7) specifies the rights of access of the Data Subject (Patient)

All requests for access to your health record must be made in writing and sent to the Practice Manager, Fressingfield Medical Centre, New Street, Fressingfield, Suffolk, IP21 5PJ.

A response will be provided as soon as possible, and in any event within 40 days. Where an application is  declined, a reason will be given. In some circumstances, some parts of your record may be withheld.

If records are held entirely electronically, a charge of up to  £10 may be made

If records are held partly electronically and partly manually, a charge up to £50 may be made

If records are held wholly manually, a charge up to £50 may be made

The Practice will notify the enquirer of charges when the request is made. The Practice requires payment once charges have been confirmed but before the work is carried out.  Other charges may apply if the records have been added to in the previous 40 days. The Practice will charge only the costs of providing the data, up to the maximum specified. It will not automatically charge the maximum


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