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Medical Records
« on: August 26, 2019, 11:09:31 PM »
Has anyone ever accessed their own medical records?

Mostly things have been good in terms of s/h for a long time. But from times that they weren't there are a few patches where I'm not sure what actually happened. I'd actually like to know what happened and what was done particularly a stretch of a few days unconscious. It feels very odd not to know what happened in those days and asking family probably isn't going to happen.

I was wondering how much detail the records are likely to show. I know how to access the records but I don't know if it will achieve the gap filling I'd be wanting.

I also don't know if they will give me all of the physical health records from A&E, or if it is better to just select specific dates?

My diagnosis changed recently and it would be great to have a more distanced look at whether there are patterns in time I find difficult or not. But that is likely to to be the last 12 years which is a long time and a lot of times. I'd rather access information that is useful that have someone trawl through a lot of archives and not get what is useful.
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Re: Medical Records
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2019, 02:49:20 PM »
I've had summaries of various medical notes and they tend to just say the basics such as why you had___ (was it self inflicted/accident) and what treatment was given. They'll also state whether any referrals were made to any follow-up services such as specialists. If the records are regarding a stay on the ward it will have details of the above but will also have details of your obs/meds/whether you ate or not and what you were like as a patient (were you one of those ones who refuses meds or are you prone to wandering and getting lost? Any behavioural problems? Etc).
How detailed that is will depend on who wrote the notes.

I will say that some things that I've read about myself have been embarrassing and I've been annoyed regarding other things because they're written so clinically it can come off as a little cold or uncaring. Just consider that it might be a little more difficult to trust staff and/or could make you feel upset .
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Re: Medical Records
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2019, 11:35:37 PM »
That was helpful thanks. I am mostly wanting records from a period of time I was unconscious after an OD and when I had surgery. Neither time will be staff that I have any recollection of. I don't know whether to request records from times when I was just there for closing a wound and in that way, I'm only interested in what and when. So hopefully it would be OK.

Were they easy to access?
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