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Requesting information from your Vet
Requesting Information (e.g. X-rays) from your Vet
It can sometimes be a struggle getting your x-rays or other information from your vets so I have put together this short document to show you your rights.
First, IF YOU PAID FOR YOUR X-RAYS THEY ARE YOURS AND THEY MUST GIVE YOU A COPY
Second, any other information they hold about you and/or your horse they must divulge to you on request on payment of a maximum admin fee of £10.
Here’s the law and a link to the RCVS website:
With regards to client records and radiographic images, the supporting guidance to the Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons states:
13.5 Where a client has been specifically charged and has paid for radiographic images or other reports, they are legally entitled to them. A practice may choose to make it clear to clients that they are not charged for radiographs or laboratory reports, but for diagnosis or advice only.
13.6 The Data Protection Act 1998 gives anyone the right to be informed about any personal data relating to themselves on payment of an administration charge. At the request of a client, veterinary surgeons must provide copies of any relevant clinical and client records, including radiographic images and similar documents. This also includes relevant records which have come from other practices, if they relate to the same animal and the same client, but does not include records which relate to the same animal but a different client.
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