Identity Closure

I have been remiss. Back on 19 October, I received from the poor harried people at maidstone hospital the medical recor...

October 2, 2006

I have been remiss. Back on 19 October, I received from the poor harried people at maidstone hospital the medical records relating to my head injury in 2002 when i managed to embed a pair of scissors 2″ into the side of my head, narrowly missing my optic nerve, and eradicating all memory of household chores.

What’s clear, rereading the medical notes, is that the process was completely incompetent. Essentially one person after another just provided mindless monitoring notes on my condition until finally someone senior pitched 12 hours later to say…get this guy out of here and off to a proper hospital…at which point I went up to Kings in London…after which the trail goes cold.

What did I learn from this exercise?
I’m actually impressed at the responsiveness of the NHS data people. But I guess, critically, that medical record are not kept in a joined-up, customer-centric way.

Any notion that you can request ‘your medical records’ is an utter delusion.
You can get specific notes, from a specific incident, in a specific NHS trust, which is really about as much use as a (insert simile of choice).

My next inquiry is likely to investigate how Medway NHS Trust managed to perform an autopsy on my Dad’s body the day after he died without any family consent, because they got ‘mixed up’. Something I didn’t really feel able to deal with at the time when I’d just organised the funeral…



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