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Access to deceased persons records

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Access to Health Records

The Access to Health Records Act 1990 grants rights to certain individuals to see what has been written about a deceased patient in a hospital and other health records. This only applies to written records made on or after 1st November 1991. A request for access to a deceased patient’s record can be made using the 'Disclosure of Deceased Patients Records Application Form'.

Who can request this information?

  • The patient’s personal representative (this will be the executor of the will or the administrator of the estate)
  • Any person who may have a claim arising out of the patient’s death
  • In most cases the Trust does not make a charge for requests under the Access to Health Records Act.. A reasonable fee may be made in exceptional circumstances. Please see the Information Governance Policy for more information.

Next review due: 1 September 2020

Contact Information

Information Governance (IG) Team
William Farr House
Tel: 01743 871953
Mob: 07791165810
Email the IG Team