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To not want to share my details in front of other patients?

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Textpectation Mon 16-Oct-17 18:41:40

I have regular blood test taken in front of groups of other patients. I don't want my blood taken in front of accompanying family/friends/randoms and say so.

Everyone has an appointment book with our personal and medical information. On top of this identification is now required verbally. Patients name is announced and then we are asked to state date our date of birth and address/postcode. We do this again later on in the private part of the appointment (fine). I didn't want to give my details whilst in the group and said so.

NHS do an amazing job, I am grateful that I have access to this care. This just doesn't sit right.

Disclaimer, my dad recently dealt with a cloned debit card. In work we manage data protection and would never ask for such personal Information.

Is it reasonable to ask for such personal information?

Aquamarine1029 Mon 16-Oct-17 18:46:39

You are totally within your rights to refuse to share any information in the presence of other people. When they call your name just say you will be happy to provide that info in private.

ToadsforJustice Mon 16-Oct-17 18:47:42

You should have your blood taken away from other patients, preferably in a private room where you can have a confidential discussion and procedure. I treat my patients this way and I would expect the same courtesy.

Textpectation Mon 16-Oct-17 18:56:27

I have spoken about having blood tests with other patients because I really dislike it.

The protocol is that patients have their tests in groups of 5 all in front of each other. If the patient wants to be accompanied then their friend/whatever can come into the room but they should make a private appointment when they book in. They never enforce this, so in that case i ask to be seen last. It causes a massive fuss.

I could technically ask for a private appointment but any testing not in a group results in massive delay. There are often delays and I need to get to work afterwards so I go as a group.

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