Copying correspondence

The department of health (DoH) has a policy of encouraging healthcare professionals to supply patients with a copy of letters relating to their health. These letters will only include copies initiated within the practice and written to other health care professionals external to the practice. Should you require any of these copies please make your request in writing.

The provision of copies of letters not initiated within the practice will not be permitted, as the responsibility for the provision of these lies with the originator, however, the patient may still be entitled to receive copies of these under the access to medical records act, data protection act, or other relevant legislation.