Tuesday, 7 April 2009


...what I would like to know is this - why do some health professionals feel it is ok to say one thing to your face and something entirely different behind your back?

Although patients in Scotland have the right to see their medical notes, they can be edited if it is felt that something ' would be detrimental to their wellbeing.' Yeh right. We all know what THAT means, don't we? Suffice to say that I got a copy of some of my notes today. I don't think that the person who wrote them envisaged me getting to see them.

I am really angry. But more to the point, I am really, really upset. I had a great deal of trust in this person and it has now been irrevocably shattered. To add insult to injury, I have to show these notes to another doctor tomorrow.Oh well, it's only self-esteem....

On a cheerier note, I may be getting one of these beauties


  1. In the US, you have the right to see them at any time, and have the right to have them amended. Is that not the case in Scotland?

    Sorry it's such a trauma, but maybe now you have some insight into some of the previous treatment issues you've had?

  2. Well, the last I knew, the hospital Trust can stop you seeing things. I am going to be doing a little research re what my rights re my notes are and then I'll be demanding to see them. I wonder what other 'diagnoses' I have that I am unaware of....?

  3. Oh my! It makes me wonder, it really does. I know my London dentist wrote "nervous patient" on my notes after I kicked him (reflex action?!) one day...