Parents of children under the age of 14 have the right to request information from their child’s medical record, unless the Family Court has specifically removed that right from the parent.
Parents of children aged 14 or 15 require the agreement of the child to access their child’s medical record.
Patients aged 16 or older have the right to privacy of their medical record.
NCRG will not release medical records to the family or friends of patients aged 16 or older, unless:
- the patient has consented, or
- the patient lacks capacity, and the person is the appropriate next best person (e.g. a sibling who is the appointed guardian for a patient with an intellectual disability), or
- required to do so by law, or
- on some limited compassionate grounds as allowed by privacy laws.
If you would like a family member or friend to have access to your medical records, for example to pick up films or reports on your behalf, you will need to complete a “Third Party Authority to Collect” form, available from Reception.