How do I find old medical records?
To help you get your records for free — or at least in as cost-effective a way as possible — consider these five key tips.
- Know your rights.
- Find out if your care provider offers Blue Button.
- Inspect but don’t obtain your records.
- Get electronic copies of your records.
- Ask your current doctor to obtain your records for you.
Can I access my medical records online?
Just like internet banking you’ll be able to check your health records online from next year. Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you have a legal right to apply for access to health information held about you. This includes your NHS or private health records held by a GP, optician or dentist, or by a hospital.
Can I see my NHS records online?
Your Summary Care Record
It contains basic information including your allergies, medications and any reactions you’ve had to medication in the past. You can’t view your Summary Care Record online, so if you’d like to see it, please speak to your GP.
How long are NHS medical records kept?
The minimum retention periods for NHS records are as follows: • Personal health records – 8 years after last attendance. Mental health records – 20 years after no further treatment considered necessary or 8 years after death. when young person was 17, or 8 years after death. Obstetric records – 25 years.