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hospital notes in the uk
« on: October 20, 2004, 12:16:57 AM »
hi everyone, have any of you asked for a copy of your hospital notes after an anthroscopy ? and did u get them, regards mick.

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Re: hospital notes in the uk
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2004, 12:45:31 AM »
Hi Mick,
You can ask the records department for a copy of your records.  There is a charge though, I think its a 10 admin fee then about 40p per sheet.  I got the whole of my records copied, from 6 ops and all my scans x-rays etc... for 50.  It took months to get them though.
I think you can ring the records dept to arrange to look at your records aswell.  Dont know if there is a charge for this.
Also, if you have a follow up appointment, I usually have a peep at my notes whilst waiting but the nurses dont like it, no idea why, the notes are mine afterall!.  Ive even had them taken out of my hands before now and told I should'nt be looking at them!. >:(

Good luck,

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Re: hospital notes in the uk
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2004, 01:59:22 AM »
thanx heather, looking back I wasn't right impressed with the speed i was dealt with on my last appointment, I't didn't fill me with confidence when the specialist said he couldn't read the os writing,  I'd like to have looked at them in my own time, cheers.

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Re: hospital notes in the uk
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2004, 02:02:08 AM »
My (UK NHS) OS left me my op notes to look at when I came round after my arthroscopy last month - and the pics, which I couldn't make head or tail of. I asked if I could look at my file of notes, too, just out of nosiness (it covered all sorts going back over the years) while I was waiting.
Also, a few months back I requested my mri scans to show to a private os - and there was no problem with this either. As my gp says it all belongs to you. Just ask.  

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Re: hospital notes in the uk
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2004, 02:16:36 AM »
cgski, did u ask you gp, or did you contact the hospital ? cheers mick.

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Re: hospital notes in the uk
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2004, 02:35:45 AM »
for the mri? my gp - who's dead nice - wrote a letter to the hospital for me.
the notes and stuff was just between me and the hosp os.
good luck - I remember feeling it was all really hard going at the time , but that was mainly cos I had no experience of what to do or who to turn to - and I felt like I was inventing the wheel - and feeling really lowand immobile. The experience of everyone on this site helps a lot - tho you have to be careful not to think US experiences will translate into UK ones!

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Re: hospital notes in the uk
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2004, 11:51:34 PM »
Hi Mick

I'm just recovering from an arthroscopy and was given 6 photos of the inside of my knee (which mean absolutely nothing to me!).  However, the nurse on the ward told me I wasn't allowed to look at my notes  :o

I was always under the impression that because they are ABOUT me, I have a right to see them...  Will ask my OS when I have my follow-up in December if I can see my notes from this surgery...

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Re: hospital notes in the uk
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2004, 02:04:40 AM »
hi faith , hope everything goes good for you, i saw some pictures in with my notes, but didn't get to see them properly, he said that i'm gonna have to put up with some pain for the rest of my naturals, and i'm not overly happy with the idea of that, and want a second opinion, that's why i was enquiring about the notes, but i've found the nhs not to be overly helpful in my dealings with them. best regards mick.

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Re: hospital notes in the uk
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2004, 12:31:18 AM »
Hi Mick

Don't get me started on our wonderful NHS!   :o

To be honest I'd rather have seen the actual notes than the photos because I think they'd have made more sense to me.  Can't believe the NHS are so uptight about you seeing what's been written about you!

I guess that's where having a huge amount of faith in your OS comes in.  I'm sure he'll tell me what I need to know at my next appt.

Hugs, Faith x
R knee arthroscopy 1991; tibial osteotomy 1992; metalwork removed 1993; arthroscopy and lateral release 2004; ossicle removal 2007; arthroscopic debridement 2010; PFJR 2012; scar tissue removal & debridement 2013

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Re: hospital notes in the uk
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2004, 12:47:04 AM »
Hi there, I'm in the process of getting my notes at the moment, I contacted my hospital, they sent me a form to fill in about who I was which had to be witnessed by someone who knew me, they asked for a cheque for 10 to be sent with the form, and I'm waiting for the notes to come back. The best thing to do is contact the records department of the hospital ( ring main reception and ask to be put through to them) and they will normally take your name and address and send you some kind of form. I think the charge can differ from place to place so it would be wise to check. Wish you luck in finding out what you need to know.