Posted by: Sarah | 2013-01-17

Medical records and blood transfusion

Good Morning and welcome back Cyberdoc!

Can you please tell me if a patient has the right to look at their medical file. I was paging through my file whilst waiting to pay my account and the admin assistant went berserk saying you are not allowed to do that - no even we are. I am under the impression that you can access your own medical records at any time?

I had a full blood transfusion at birth. Pardon my ignorance, but would my blood type be the same then as what it is now? i.e. O positive?

Is there any link to diseases or problems later on in life related to a blood transfusion at birth? I have had HIV tests etc, but I mean do you then have a lower immunity or something like that? I have pernicious anemia and so does my mom. I am now 47.

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Yes, you do have the right to go through your file but rather ask your doctor opinion or permission and examine your file with your doctor present. This way he/she will be able to answer any questions that you might have. Your blood type will be the same, even after a blood transfusion. There will be no correlation between the blood transfusion and an impaired immunity, unless you aquired a blood born disease, like HIV or hepatitis.


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