"Not allowed my test results - against the law??"

About: Dewi Sant Hospital / General Medicine

(as the patient),

Hi all

Im in Wales UK and as part of taking an active role in my health, I have all copies of test results for blood counts, liver and thyroid going back to 2004, but got them from GP surgery

I decided to ask for these because I was not told when my liver enzymes were abnormal, if I had been, I would have been motivated and encouraged to lose weight and take better care of myself in order to improve them. I didnt know until 2009 that there were abnormalities, so thats five years lost from my being able to self help. In my book this is plain wrong.

I had a first gastro app at Dewi Sant hospital in Pontypridd, and was given blood test slip to be tested at my surgery. Did that. When I rang the hospital and asked the secretary of the consultant for a copy of my results I was told I am not allowed to have them.

I thought I had a legal right to them?

When pressed I was told I can ask my GP to write in and request them to be sent to her, and then I in turn must request them from her, but thats so much trouble and time wasting for a busy Dr and I cant see it working.

Does anyone know the law please?

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Dear CaroleH You'll find summaries of the law on the Department of Health web site and also on NHS Choices. We hope this is helpful.
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