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deanw41

Trying to get my blood results of a Gastro secretary, is like trying to get the knickers of a nun!! I give up!!!

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😂 Don’t give up! They are yours to have. I have had the same in the UK, its like handing over CIA documentation. I was literally given mine in a corner (which she ushered me to), like a back hander. I told them I might be travelling and so wanted them in case anything happened whilst I was away, that is the only way I got them.

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deanw41 in reply to jazzjam

I’m in the UK too! I’m empathise with you. It’s madness isn’t it, it’s like being in a bond film😅. I feel like they press a button and some sirens go off and a tannoy goes ‘he wants his bloods’ everyone get to their station!! Unbelievable 🤦‍♂️🤣

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DM-001 in reply to deanw41

Wouldn’t your GP have copies today? Maybe try them? Why won’t they give them over anyway

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deanw41 in reply to DM-001

They said there waiting for the report. They wait for the consultant to say ok??!

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CarpeDiem11 in reply to deanw41

Sometimes they won't release results until doc has seen them because they have to be sure the patient is of sound mind ( some people may have mental health issues/ alzheimers for instance)& can handle any that might flag up as out of range. I get mine from the same GP, but occasionally they withhold them until they can discuss irregularities with me personally( even though I have access to my hospital ones straightaway).It is annoying on top of everything else, but I am guessing it falls under duty of care.

I like to think I'm quite savvy and can get the hange of something without TOO much help, but you know, even though I get copies of blood tests taken at hospital (I'm 3½ yrs post transplant) I don't spend any time analyzing them. I'm just not qualified to interpret them. If the doctors tell me there's a change they're concerned about I just ask why and then discuss what it means. As I'm in good shape I'm not going to dwell on it. If I was suffering or having problems I'd probably have a different approach.

Yep! I think this is the safest approach personally, but I know some people like to analyse everything. This is despite the fact that it is patterns, not individual results that are the most helpful. Glad you're doing well after transplant.

Thanks for your kind comments - I firmly believe that if you are fortunate to have an optimistic and positive attitude it can help the body deal with some illnesses. I have friends whose positive approach have helped overcome the odds in cases where they were diagnosed with very serious conditions. Good friendship support also gives people extra strength to get through difficulties.

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jazzjam in reply to CarpeDiem11

I do and I like it. It helps me see patterns, I know what most of the tests are looking for as my doctor is very open. I am not medical and I understand that one test is related to others etc.. but it means I can go in to my doctor armed with my results and ask him to explain things. He said he prefers it that way, he knows I want the full story and won’t hold back. For some people, I understand it can be frightening and turn to google that can be even more frightening but for me, it works well this way.

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deanw41 in reply to jazzjam

I’m absolutely the same. I’m 10 1/2 months sober,I like to see the progress I’m making. For me,I like to be my own health advocate,informed about my condition and ask any relevant questions. I have had different scan results,I.e ultrasound vs CT. I don’t have the same doctor all the time so there is a lack on continuity.

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CarpeDiem11 in reply to jazzjam

I totally get looking at them in detail. However, even after so many years, I am still finding out the significance of some results & how they play into each other. So just when I think "I'm getting the hang of this ", I find out something else & I realise I didn't understand them as well as I thought. Also, some of the results have not been included & are discussed with me, but I get a general " x needs to come down, but not to what & from where".

Everyone has their own comfort zone, but I feel that sometimes docs think we understand more than we do, when we can discuss our results in detail. I usually take this approach, but having seen different approaches from other patients while in hospital recently, I'm not sure if this is always for the best. I'm not advising one approach is better than another; I used to be sure of my own approach, but hospital has made me have a rethink.

My comment really was more about trying to say why sometimes you cannot get them straightaway. Good to hear you have such a good relationship with your doc- this is worth it's weight in gold.

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deanw41 in reply to CarpeDiem11

I agree with you!!! Have a great day!! 😊👍

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CarpeDiem11 in reply to deanw41

You too! I'm looking forward to enjoying more of the lovely weather😊

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jazzjam in reply to deanw41

😂😂 this made me belly laugh, the thing is you can actually imagine it 😂 ( I meant your first response, announcing it over the tannoy)

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deanw41 in reply to jazzjam

😅😅....utter madness!!!😅😅🤦‍♂️

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Cat-B in reply to deanw41

What we need is a joint up computer system, so GPs get hospital bloods and vice versa. I have to ring my consultant with my monthly bloods done by GP! It’s ridiculous in this day and age that the local hospital can’t speak to the local GPs, I have to rely on snail mail so it took nearly 3 weeks from reporting my ascites to get my diuretics!

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deanw41 in reply to Cat-B

Sorry to hear that you had to wait, that just reinforces my point about being your own health advocate and keeping abreast with your condition.

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Rosemadder9 in reply to Cat-B

In this day and age all healthcare providers should be able to access your patient records, that’s certainly the case here in Gloucestershire, I have bloods done at GP and when I go and see/speak to my consultant he just looks them up on his computer. They all use the same system so that care and treatments can be shared between practitioners.

Ask them to email them, you can then ask your GP to explain them. Good luck

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deanw41 in reply to Cat-B

Yes all these different systems,I thought it was just one!!?? I understand my bloods,I just need them 😅!! I have requested them to be emailed to me!!😊👍

Can I ask you a question

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deanw41 in reply to Chris884

Of course

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