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Delayed Diadnosis

Hi everyone I’m new to this, had my first heart attack in 1995 at the age of 34 had a few scares along the way then in 2002 I had emergency angioplasty, my eldest daughter then died of a massive MI 6 months later then found out through a genealogist that it was a condition that was passed down through the generations that caused this, She was 22 and quite fit ! In the last 2 years to my shock I was told sorry not told I happened to see that I had heart failure on the doctors computer screen at an appointment and asked him why I had never been told ? He couldn’t answer this as it was a diagnosis that came with my records when I moved back to Glasgow ! It would have been better to have known this at the time as I would have considered the job I took differently ! Why do some health professionals not tell their patients the whole truth !

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I think this shows how under pressure the Gps are and how they just don't have time to furaly and correctly look through our notes. Well past any currant issues we take to them at that moment in time anyway.

I think quite often they only notice certain health issues from our past. If we trigger something in a Gps investigations of something currently going on.

Sorry to read about your daughter, so sad it wasn't detected before you lost her at such a young age.

I am also further saddened to hear of your own heart issues.

I would like to send you my very best wishes of support. I hope now the Gp is fully aware of your condition that they can give you a brighter future.

Hugs Jo xx


There can be no excuse - its your health and you should be told what you have or what they (the medical profession) think you might have. In my experience some GPs are better at this than others.

I'm not a GP, or indeed a medical professional, so I am not defending them but there is no getting away from the fact that GPs are pressed for time. It reinforces the need for you, as the patient, to ask questions and ensure you get answers (even if it pushes the GP beyond your allotted 10 minutes!).


This seems to sum up the NHS and what's wrong with it. It doesn't need a GP to read your Medical Notes and to annotate your records a skilled Medical Secretary could do it, leaving the GP to treat the patient. All medical Records should be on a computer not huge files of paper being trundled round from Clinic to Clinic significant issues could just be highlighted underlined etc so they jump out at the reader.

I can log into our Medical Practice and see my records " Current Problems " "Past Significant Problems " " Current Medication " " Test Results "

If your GP can't offer this you service you should ask why not !!!

Always remember the GP Practice is a Business and you are paying for it, if they can't keep up with Technology Change Them.

Sounds like a rant But it's not I am passionate about the NHS but it needs change and a leap forward to modern practices.


Frank W


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