Requesting information from the HSE

There are 2 ways to access records held by the HSE: 

  • FOI request - under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 (FOI)
  • Data subject access request - under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Acts 1988-2018

We can only provide information about services delivered directly by the HSE. 

If you want to request personal data and records held by a hospital or an agency, you must make the request through that hospital or agency.

FOI requests

You have the right under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014 to:

  • access personal or non-personal (corporate) records
  • have personal records changed or deleted if the information is incomplete, incorrect or misleading
  • request reasons for decisions made by the HSE that affect you

You can make a request in relation to any recorded information held by the HSE.

The type of information you can request includes:

  • non-personal information
  • personal records
  • sensitive health records
  • records about other people - such as a child or someone who has died

Read how to make an FOI request to the HSE

Read more about freedom of information on

Data subject access requests

You have the right under GDPR to:

  • request a copy of your personal data used by the HSE
  • have your personal data changed or deleted

These rights are not absolute. This means there may be situations where a request cannot be granted. For example, if a request would have a negative impact on another person’s rights. 

The type of personal information you can request includes records about:

  • hospital treatment
  • community services
  • screening services - such as CervicalCheck and BowelScreen
  • employment

You cannot request personal information about anyone else, including people who have died.

Read how to make a data subject access request to the HSE

Contact a HSE Data Protection Office

Read more about your rights under GDPR from the Data Protection Commission