Our expert says:
As a personal belief, I have always thoguht they should. More recently in terms of formal medical ethics it has been generally agreed that this should be so, too. But I'm not sure of the strict terms of SA law on this point.
Absolutely right that admin assistants, secretaries ( though who types the letters and entries ? ) and receptionists should not have access to the charts. But that doesn't mean we the patient, paying for the whole process, shouldn't be able to access our own records.
You don't change your blood type ; it remains whatever you were born with, and transfusions have to be of your own blood group or one compatable with it.
I don't think ( this is more a question for our GP, Cyberdoc ) that there are any diseases or disorders usually associated later in life with blood transfusions at birth, other than if HIV - infected blood had been transfused.
Illnesses like pernicious anaemia can run in families, but that's due to genetics, not to something specifically carried in the blood itself.
Much would depend on the scale of the blood transfusion and the reason for it, at birth, but I don't think it would be related to later illness ; certainly not psychological problems.
The issue of whether severe stress to the mother during pregnancy has later life effects on the child is still significantly controversial and very complex ( there's often, for instance, more going on than pure psychological stress, such as nutritional factors. ) And if one's looking for possible effects 47 years later, obviously a great many things have happened to one in 47 years, so its not easy to separate out one single element from all that
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal
advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.