Access to Medical Records

(42 Posts)
PinkM0nkey Fri 25-Jan-13 16:52:28

I've returned to work post mat leave and in passing mentioned to my employer I've suffered with PND. They have now requested access to my medical records as they have a duty of care for me. I'd prefer not to give access as i feel this is an invasion of privacy and I'm not sure how seeing this information written down with change the situation?

Can i refuse?

PinkM0nkey Mon 28-Jan-13 07:51:22

But i feel like if i dont they will continue to make my life at work hell. :-(

tribpot Mon 28-Jan-13 08:00:34

If they want a report they can ask your GP for one (and pay). They cannot have access to your medical records.

PinkM0nkey Mon 28-Jan-13 08:43:20

Sorry yes a gp report.... As regard other matters, from the comments in your letter, I am concerned about your state of health. In view of this, the company would like to obtain a medical report from your doctor, to understand your present condition and the future prognosis.

LovesBeingWokenEveryNight Mon 28-Jan-13 12:22:00

What do you meant continue to make your work life hell?

At the end of the day they can only work with what they know, if in the future you had time off they may have to deal with your absence (or other issues) without taking that into account.

courtsareadisgrace Mon 28-Jan-13 12:27:05

You know if you're suffering from PND, the best thing to do is go to the GP and get professional help with it?

I am a little confused as to how, if you haven't sought medical advice and help, you could know that you are suffering from PND?

PinkM0nkey Mon 28-Jan-13 12:32:20

I have been in denial, and yes i agree I need help and am taking steps to sort this. I have been in touch with mind and another telephone based counseling service.

courtsareadisgrace Mon 28-Jan-13 12:34:30

But if it doesn't say on your doctor's medical notes that you have PND, and that's the issue you are concerned about, then what's the problem?

I'm not meaning to be rude, I really just don't understand.

PinkM0nkey Mon 28-Jan-13 12:42:05

I'm perhaps worried that when they ask for my medical records and there's nothing there about the PND they will make things harder for me.

And you're not sounding rude :-) i appreciate any in put x

courtsareadisgrace Mon 28-Jan-13 12:44:08

Just, if you go to your GP there's loads they can do to help with the PND - could you even talk to your HV if you don't want to talk to the GP?

If you want them to make adjustments for your PND then it really needs to be documented somewhere by a medical professional.

PinkM0nkey Mon 28-Jan-13 12:51:03

They have refused to make adjustments, which is why i cant see the point in the medical report. Had they agreed to any kind of adjustment then yes have a look feel free. sad

courtsareadisgrace Mon 28-Jan-13 12:53:49

But sweetheart, before they make adjustments, they need to see your medical records to know that you're genuinely ill, and also to get your doctor's advice as to what adjustements to make.

PinkM0nkey Mon 28-Jan-13 12:58:23

I understand what your saying and agree. However, if they have said, we can not make any adjustments to your working hours sorry. But can we see your medical records anyway. surely this isnt right?

courtsareadisgrace Mon 28-Jan-13 13:05:14

But they may be able to if you have evidence in your medical notes. I don't know. But you're asking a lot of a workplace to make adjustements for a medical condition without giving professional medical evidence to back that up. And I know how rotten PND is and I am so so sorry that this seems like I am being hard I wish I could find another way to put this.

PinkM0nkey Mon 28-Jan-13 13:08:24

No really it's fine i completely understand. smile

courtsareadisgrace Mon 28-Jan-13 13:12:21

The thing is, there may be something else they're able to do, other than change your hours, and they could be looking for evidence so they can do this?

But I'd hate to give work open access to my medical records - I assume (although I don't know) that work would write a letter with what their concerns are and the doctor would answer?

PinkM0nkey Mon 28-Jan-13 13:19:45

Yes maybe you're right although i'm not sure what else they can do to help. I'm not thrilled at the idea but i see it as my only option right now. x

missingmumxox Tue 29-Jan-13 00:48:06

first hello hrrumph couldn't have put it better myself, in OH we only ask for what we need, someones full medical records are a short road to terminology and pointless information hell.
I would say maybe you manager is looking for a way to support your temp change of hours and can see this as a win for you, but they have understood the idea of the equality act not the practice of it.
if they want to help you, you should maybe suggest if you employer doesn't have a a Occ Health, they invest in an independent OH Nurse or doctor they are a lot cheaper than a full medical history, non medical people trying to wade through it, legal people trying to see if they could lose money and the eventual medical report on you PND.
better to cut to the chase and spend a couple of hundred on a OHN or D who will do the whole package and most probably will not need a report, I rarely use them, consultants would rather cover their arse than give good advice, excepting psychiatrists who get my 2 thumbs up on being pretty honest and full of top tips, but in your case this is irrelevant.
For the record I not an independent OH nurse and never have been, I am a OH manager in a company.

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