Medical records

Arranging to see your own health records

Data protection legislation entitles you to view the information contained in your health care record.

If you would like to see or obtain a copy of your record, you will need to make a written subject access request, providing proof of your identity, to the Subject Access Request Team at Worthing Hospital or at St Richard’s Hospital (addresses below).

You should be aware that in certain circumstances your right to see some details in your health care record may be limited in your own best interests.

You have a right to request that any inaccuracies be corrected or annotated. Your family and friends are not allowed to ask to see your records without your written consent.

You can now also manage the letters you receive from the hospitals online – click here to find out how

Subject Access Requests:

Access Request teams:


  • Email:
  • Telephone: 01903 205111 Extension 85648
  • Write to:
    Subject Access Request Team
    Worthing Hospital
    Lyndhurst Road
    West Sussex BN11 2DH

St Richard’s Hospital

  • Email:
  • Telephone: 01243 788122 Extension 33181
  • Write to:
    Subject Access Request Team
    St Richard’s Hospital
    Spitalfield Lane
    West Sussex PO19 6SE

Patient confidentiality

  • By law, everyone working for or on behalf of the NHS or other qualified health care providers must respect your confidentiality and keep your information secure.
  • We reassure you that the computer systems we use are subject to strict access controls and only staff who are involved in your care will have access to your records.
  • We will always obtain your consent  before sharing your information with other health professionals unless exempted by law.
  • When we do share your information we will always endeavour to use the most secure method available where possible

Further information

Visit the Information Commissioner’s Office website at

If you have any concerns over the use of your medical information, please discuss these with your health professional during your next hospital visit.

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a data controller under Data Protection Legislation. We collect and keep information about you in order to give you the best possible care.

We keep your information on paper and on computer. We keep your information secure and by law you are entitled to ask to see a copy

For more information, please contact the Information Governance Team at Worthing Hospital on 01903 205111 ext 85402


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