If like me you have repeatedly requested and been refused access to your online GP records please be aware the GP contract in NHS England has now changed.
All practices must give full historical access on REQUEST. This means you should be able to see all your computerised medical history with the summary of the conversation you had with the doctor/nurse/physio. You should see test results and medication. This is in addition to the full record going forward.
As I have posted before not all GP Practices have the software system to do this notably VISION. Patient Access, EvergreenLife and others DO have the functionality so it is worth checking with your Practice.
This information refers to England only
If your mission is to see thyroid function tests over the years bear in mind that they may just be recorded as ‘normal’ with no further detail. It seems for many years my test was just TSH. However access to medical records is important not only to see results etc but also to correct errors which may affect your treatment or even insurance claims.
My full access was switched on yesterday. After the years of refusal, as the executive GP does not believe in giving patients access to their own data, this feels like a huge success! Many other Practices have been giving full access for over 15 years so we now have an even playing field. The image is taken from Annexe A p54 of the BMA GMS contract.
Please ask for your online settings to be adjusted if you want this access. Use the information below if you meet opposition. Good Luck!