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  1. DeAdSoUls

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    I'm looking at getting a copy of mine. Just seen that you might have to pay, that's disgusting, having to pay to view your own records!!??!!
     
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    They are not your records. They are someone else's about you. :)
     
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    Ok, but you still shouldn't have to pay.:confused:
     
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    Wonder if you can ask your GP to have a look? Probably not, but maybe worth asking if it is about something specific.

    I blame data protection. Our privacy all costs money, so that's really why you have to pay I guess.
     
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    Why not? They are subject to being restricted documents, they are not your's, someone who is trained and authorized has to access the computer system and print it off at a cost to whoever own's the records for ink/toner and paper and probably a printed file to put them in so they are bound securely not open for all and sundry to see. They may also be very lengthy documents.

    I'd be surprised if you didn't have to pay to obtain them!
     
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    Admin time, printer/paper costs and postage I'd guess!
     
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    I think alot of it is about making money too, obviously it costs to print out and send someones records but in reality this probably costs no more than a tenner, alot of companies charge silly amounts for a copy of the records, take an example of one of my favourite companies (lol), Optical Express, if you want a copy of your patient records then you have to pay 50 quid no questions. That is just wrong imo, same with GP's charges, mine want 30 quid to draft a letter for my son's school listing his medications and doses, crazy.
     
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    Why do you want to look at your medical records? All the information in there has come from yourself, and any results from investigations your doctor should be able to give the results to.

    There is also no such thing as a centralised record, your GP wouldn't have your hospital records, and even different hospitals in the same trust may have different records.
     
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    Depends on the notes. Thinking about your lad, have you ever seen his notes file when he's been in hospital? Probably massive I'd bet.

    Working in an ICU I've seen some mammoth sets of records. One guy had 14 volumes, each one A4 and about 7 inches thick.

    Good luck getting some poor sod of a clerk to photocopy all that lot, then have a clinician go through them to see if anything needs to be removed, then post them, for around a tenner!

    Extreme example I know. But even with a small set of notes you have those 3 stages.
     
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    Maybe he wants to know what has been recorded about him regarding that information.


    Not necessarily true. Many Trusts are moving to centralised records meaning that GP information and hospital records are electronically stored in one location so that both parties can access the records. Saves hospital staff chasing up GPs looking for faxed records of medication etc.
     
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    Good point, although would it all have to be copied if someone requested it?

    And, yes I have seen Owen's files, they are huge and in most of the 5 hospitals he is under they actually wheel them around on a little cart type thing!! Each one could probably fill a whole drawer on a filing cabinet!!
     
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    As far as I know, yes.

    Unless the request for was for only a specific item or area.
     
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    My inside information is it should only cost you about £10 - practices may differ, but that's roughly what the BMA recommend.

    But for that you get to go and see them at the practice. You want the lot photocopying and posting to you that's maybe £50.

    Imagine for a second if a practice were asked for records by each of its 8,000 patients at once!

    Steve W
     
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    They'd be in the photocopying business!

    I'd love for a contract like that. 400k for photocopying - woo hoo!
     
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    I feel sorry for whoever had to do it. Records are not just made up of just A4 pages. ;)
     

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