Hi Athens. Just had first round. I wasn't given a copy, but the import and blood cell counts were written down in my chemo record book and the rest explained. I will be asking for a copy of the full results next time. As far as patients are concerned you have a right to a copy as they belong to you and data protection says they can't refuse - just ask. Have a good restful weekend. Hbunny
My BCN was very helpful and printed off whatever I wanted.
As regards GP letters I received copies of pretty much all of them but my GP was happy to print a copy of any I was missing. I just asked at an appointment and she printed off copies there and then in her office.
As far as I am aware, there are some (rare) circumstances under which patients are not allowed access to their medical information but generally this should be straightforward. Why should a hospital object?
I asked for copies/printouts of various results (e.g. pathology report after surgery, radiology reports) and of all letters from hospital to my GP - never refused. I think you should ask and challenge if refused. It's your body, why you shouldn't have the information?
Some people wouldn't want to know which is probably why it's not handed out routinely.
Hi Athens. I'm treated at the Royal Marsden and they don't hand out blood test results normally but for some time now I have asked the nurses to let me have a printout. They don't seem to mind but maybe in some hospitals they might object. I get the whole range of blood tests and if I want to discuss any of the results I have found the nurses to be very willing to explain as well.