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fairydust Fri 02-Jan-04 16:43:21

As most of you know my dd has cp.

Today she had her flu jab which all went fantasticlly well and there was hardly any tears.

The practice nurse who did the injection was very nice and i found her very easy to talk to (we've just moved to this practice see)

I found my self asking to see my medical notes from when my dd was born as i feel this is when the cp happened and it seems there are a few things that don't add up.

I know what some of you may be thinkng that i'm doing this for money - well i'm not i need to know for my own sanity just to put my mind at rest.

Anyway i've been givn the number to phone to get my medical records so will just have to see what happens.

coppertop Fri 02-Jan-04 16:54:18

fairydust - I don't think people will think you're only after money. The records may be able to give you a clearer picture of what did or didn't happen. If mistakes were made and/or there was some form of negligence, you may be able to use the info to help prevent it happening to anyone else. Good luck. xxx

coppertop Fri 02-Jan-04 17:02:58

Oops! There's an identical one to this that I didn't see.

Jimjams Fri 02-Jan-04 17:07:10

pplus the fact- if there was negligence then why shouldn't your dd have compensation? Having money to buy specialist equipment can make her life that much easier- we all know the NHS doesn;t provide anywhere near enough stuff.

Good luck- and it might be worth contacting a lawyer fairly quickly if you hope to claim, as they will be able to make sure you don't miss any time limits and let you know how likely you are to be successful.

fairydust Fri 02-Jan-04 17:16:10

well i've phoned them - i have to write them a letter t orequest them so have just types one and dh is gonig to post it.

i feel i need to know for my own peace of mind -

one of the things that sticks in my mind is that she passed on the paeditricain checks at birth

so will let u know how things go

maddiemo Fri 02-Jan-04 21:26:29

We asked for the medical notes after our son had an operation in which he developed breathing difficulties. There had been a mix up over who would give his inhalers.
We too had lots of questions, we wanted answers for our peace of mind. I think we were charged around ten pounds for the papers. The consultant who performed the op went through the papers with us. It did really help us. We got to find out what happened, what problems the staff found and how they treated them.
I hope the information you find helps you.

fairydust Fri 02-Jan-04 21:45:54

maddiemo- thanks i just feel i need to see these even if it comes up with nothing

Luckymum Sat 03-Jan-04 09:16:54

Fairydust, I requested to see my dds medical records quite recently. They have to make them available to you within 40 days of your request (data protection act I think), at our hospital you can request copies, for which there is a charge or you can go along and read them there. I hope the information puts your mind at rest, good luck

fairydust Sat 03-Jan-04 12:14:32

thanks lucky mum - that makes things sound helpful

Blu Mon 05-Jan-04 11:15:24

Fairydust, OF COURSE you want to see what happened. Apart from anything else we Mums will usually stew in guilt about whether it (anything) was 'our fault' until we can see that nothing we did would have made a difference. You don't need to justify or feel apologetic about wanting information, and whatever comes out of it, the simple completion of a picture, explanation, grounds for compensation, or a chapter in your ds's history, to have the knowledge will be empowering.

Good luck, and yes, they do HAVE to give them to you, but may charge for photocopying.

fairydust Tue 09-Mar-04 10:17:28

well i finally got round to writing a letter to them and i got a form through the post this morning to fill out with a note saying once they've recieved the form they will look at it then send me a lette with the cost which could be as much as £50 i am so shocked £50 just to see info on me.

Blu Tue 09-Mar-04 13:55:07

Good grief! Our NHS trust charges a flat £5, I think. Not very conducive to openess, is it?

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fairydust Tue 09-Mar-04 15:43:14

yes i think it does mean the most it will cost is £50 but i'm asking for a years worth of notes and there was lots of admissions in this time so i know it'll probly be the full wack.

lou33 Tue 09-Mar-04 15:50:34

Just copied and pasted this from an nhs hospital website, maybe this is what they mean?

Statutory Charges

Computer records only will cost £10:00.

The fee for paper records or x-ray films, depends on the amount of work involved, but cannot exceed £50:00

luckymum Tue 09-Mar-04 16:20:34

FD....the £50 is the most they can charge you - mine quoted min £10 max £50. In the end dd's took longer than the statutory 40 days to obtain and they didn't charge me anything. I did have to nag & nag to get them and eventually turned into Mrs Angry so I don't think they dared bill me.

dinosaur Tue 09-Mar-04 16:22:06

I understand exactly what you mean fairydust.

I got my DS1's medical notes after he was born (he nearly died at birth).

I can't now remember how much they charged, but I know it took them ages to locate the notes!

eidsvold Tue 09-Mar-04 18:28:15

My hopsital trust charged £25 per set of notes ( i had to get dd's and mine)... if that is any help. SHe had a number from antenatal stuff to post birth and so on. It is expensive and the trust were very smart about getting them to me.

Sorry that is not much help.

Angeliz Tue 09-Mar-04 18:42:07

I just got mine and dd's notes from her Birth too. They photocopied and sent them to me,(i did have to request in writing), and asked me for fifteen pounds which i sent off. It took them about two weeks.
I am gonna get my dd's notes from her G.P soon so hope they are as efficient!

I hope that reading through them helps you and does put your mind at rest!


BadHair Tue 09-Mar-04 18:54:21

Just to clarify (as my mum does this for a living) the cost is a flat fee of £10 plus photocopying charges of up to £50. I think its 5p per sheet but I'll check with her later.

If you have a hospital appointment and you want to see the notes (but only from that one appt), you can send in a written request within 30 days and get them for just the copying charge. Same goes for antenatal and birth notes, just apply within 30 days of giving birth and you can have them for free.

maddiemo Tue 09-Mar-04 21:42:26

We only paid £10 for ds3 notes. We also had an apointment with the consultant who performed the op and that was very helpful to us.
Hope all goes well.

maddiemo Tue 09-Mar-04 21:46:28

Had a meeting for my son and have been told that his comprehension of instructions is around the two word information carrying stage. I forgot to ask what age level that would represent. Does anyone know. He is five and a half.
thank you

maddiemo Tue 09-Mar-04 21:50:39

Sorry for my post below fairydust. Its been a long day.

fio2 Wed 10-Mar-04 09:45:36

I still cant get mine FD, its really peeing me off! Not even dd's doctor can access them, surel;y this isnt right>???????????

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