I have had two letters from the same hospital but from two different depts. One from the haematology dept one from pallative dept. Although I know that these are copies of my GP's letter and are therefore meant for a Dr I like to get them to stay informed and also to ensure that I have not got anything mixed up or forgotten something from either consultation. The difference in styles and content could not be further from one another. The specialist haematology one is mostly repeats of previous letter (blood counts on presentation-4yrs ago chemo-2yrs ago ect) its technical information which isn't relevant to today (I know past history is important but its all on file)but very limited information about my current blood counts or about my current health. I have asked if the letter could be revamped but got a negative response. The pallative one however is written in a style and vocabulary which are easy to understand. Its informative, confirms medication and brings a feeling that the letter has been worth writing and receiving. My husband once had a letter from the hospital which neither of us could understand and he had to go to the GP to make sense of it. When consultations tend to be about 10 mins long its important for every min to count and I know that I try to approach them as if they were an important business meeting.Do others ask to get copies of letters and are they helpful?