Understanding all you can about your condition and what you need to do to stay as healthy as possible is one of the best ways of meeting your health goals.
Greta, who has an ongoing health condition, has access to her GP record and it has helped her manage her vitamin B12 deficiency. She said: “By looking at my blood tests and results, I can begin to understand what ‘normal’ means for me. Because normal is different for all of us. I look at my blood tests before I go to the doctor, so I can see my results and think about them before we speak. This means I can get questions ready in advance and feel informed at my consultation. To me, that is very, very important.”
Access to your GP record can be made through the free NHS App or online account. If you haven’t downloaded the NHS App to your smartphone or tablet, you can find out how to online at https://nhs.uk/helpmeapp.
If you have the NHS App or an online account and you cannot see your record you can ask your practice to make it available to you. Once you have access, you will be able to see information from any consultations going forward.