Releasing of psychiatric reports

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I am not normally paranoid but I feel I am experiencing resistence in obtaining my latest psychiatric reports. There always seems to be an excuse.  Normally, I always get a copy of the letter.  I know I am classified as 'vulnerable' / 'suicidal ideation' as the psychiatrist told me personally, but I never received copies of the report. Do I have a right to get my GP to release the report for me?  It is just because I need to provide them to my Occupational Health department as a duty of care to my students.

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    I am sure that you or your representatives are entitled to see your medical report. You have the right to know your diagnosis and to question your treatment.

    For otherwise to be the case you would be in a police state.

    Your GP should be sent your medical reports - it should not be a matter of him requesting them.

    I would suggest that you contact MIND.

    Are you still in hospital? If you are at home how can you be considered as vulnerable. I never knew that being considered as "vulnerable" was a reason for not being told what was wrong with you.

    Is there something that we are not being told.

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      Hi Nck,

      I am currently an outpatient... hopefully being discharged from psychiatric services this month and have been assigned to a clinical psychologist for PTSD (causing BPD etc.) , for a minimum of 3 months.

      Yes - I am probably flagged as 'vulnerable' as get the "erm...erm..." when I ring my GP and always can get an emergency appointment within 15 minutes of ringing.  I am not sure what 'flag' they use on their computer systems but I've had suicidal ideation for a couple of years.

      I will ask my GP again tomorrow.  Thanks.

      Stephen

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      I have had suicidal ideation on and off for over 20 years.

      Many of us are vulnerable. We are made even more vulnerable if you are not allowd to have information about you, and judgements that are being made about you.

      You are entitled to this information if you are Sectioned and otherwise in hospital. You are entitled to representation.

      I have suggested that you go to MIND if you have problems here.

      All information on this will be contained on the Internet. I suggest you Google.

      Suicidal ideation and having suicidal intentions are not the same thing.

      If you say that you are being "discharged" from psychiatric services then IMHO you must be quite well.

      To be honest, I don't understand how you can be considered to be vulnerable if you are being discharged - or the other way around, why are you being discharged if you are considered to be still vulnerable.

      I have heard of people getting "emergency" appointments or saeday appointments because they have a virus or an infenction. I can't conceive why you would be given such an appointment for something that is ongoing - and as you say you are now to be discharged.

      I am sorry I don't understand.

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      ....maybe because I was previously sectioned in prison...and transferred to a secure unit. Since then I have become a little paranoid :-)
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      Well, I gave you an answer in my first response - yes you probably do have a right to medical reports.
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    In NZ we request our notes & they are required to have them complete & ready within 21 days. The mistakes & inaccuracies are impressive!
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