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How to make a request for information of a deceased person?

The Access to Health Records legislation allows you to see records of a patient that has died.  


Who can access deceased records?

You can only see that person’s records if you are their personal representative (e.g most parents/guardians of a minor or a person who held the power of attorney for health care for a patient before their death), administrator or executor of the deceased’s Will. If you have a claim as a result of that person’s death, you can only see information that is relevant to the claim.

You won’t be able to see the records of someone who made it clear that they didn’t want other people to see their records after their death.

Before you get access to these records, you may be asked for:

  • proof of your identity
  • proof of your relationship to the person who has died


Accessing deceased records

You won’t be able to see information that could:

  • cause serious harm to your or someone else's physical or mental health
  • identify another person (except members of NHS staff who have treated the patient), unless that person gives their permission


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