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Would you like to see health test results online?

Prostate cancer patients can avoid anxious waits to visit their doctor by seeing test results online as soon as they are available under a new model for after-care.

Men can take control of their own care, and free up vital NHS time as a result, Prostate Cancer UK said after a report on a trial at a number of health trusts showed promising results.

As well as being able to get their results online, people can complete assessments, see their patient information and message their clinical team as part of the digital approach to after-care trialled by researchers from the University of Southampton.

While there had been initial concerns about patients having access to results before clinicians had assessed them, the project appeared to show that even if the results were abnormal, those involved were not adversely affected, researchers said.

The model of care requires a new support worker in order to help men without adding to demands on clinical staff, a workshop to ensure men fully understand the scheme and their treatment, and an IT service allowing them to access their test results remotely.

Eric Hounslow, who was part of the trial, said he sometimes had to wait a week or more to get test results.

The 72-year-old, from Romsey, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015, said: “Now I can give my blood at 9am and have the results later that day, saving me from all that stress every six months.

“As someone who has experienced both systems, I’d recommend this scheme to anyone.”

Prostate Cancer UK and the Movember Foundation are now urging all health trusts to use the new approach, saying it will allow for good quality care while cutting costs to the NHS.

Lesley Smith, of NHS England, said: “This scheme is a great example of innovations that local areas can adopt which allow men to take control of their own follow up care.”

Prostate Cancer UK’s Heather Blake said: “This research is a major achievement, proving that this remote, digital and self-managed model can deliver a high quality of care for men, while also giving Clinical Nurse Specialists and consultants more time to focus on newly-diagnosed men.

What do you think? Would you welcome being able to access health test results online to hear your results faster? Or would you prefer a doctor to share your results with you so you can receive a better level of personal care?  Share your views at Speakers Corner. 

 

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Billythequiche
5th Jun 2019
0
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Here in Rotherham we are fortunate that lots of surgeries are connected to Patient Access. If you link to this online, you can see results, order repeat prescriptions for delivery, book appointments and even send messages or questions to your GP Medical Centre.
TrudyLS
4th Jun 2019
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You are supposed to be able to access your own test results and basic medical records online already. Every time I try to do it , the computer says no,
Billythequiche
5th Jun 2019
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I had the same problem. early access was sometimes restricted. If you contact reception at your surgery they can help to re-register and re-connect with authorisation from them for the access you require. A bit of a "faff" but really worth it in the end.
Alicia
3rd Jun 2019
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Munsterlander
30th May 2019
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Yes it would save so much time of mine and of course the local doctors or hospitals-all in favour of it
milpea
30th May 2019
2
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I think anything that avoids an anxious wait for results is good.
Lynden13
30th May 2019
3
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I think it also depends on what type of result. Routine results would be fine but for anything of a more serious nature the the implications need to be discussed with a doctor.
Joba
29th May 2019
2
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Definitely should be allowed! Usual route causes so many delays, which in turn cause so much needless worry!
JinxB
28th May 2019
3
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not just for prostate cancer, all blood test results should be made available with deviation from normal range shown and then a direct way to to discuss with a health professional, not necessarily your GP but someone who can tell you what an abnormal result means and what you need to do to follow it up, would save GP 's from unecessary appointments to tell you there is nothing wrong
WilliamM36
28th May 2019
2
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Yes waiting for blood results is a nightmare .To be able to get them the same day would be wonderful and also I think give some peace of mind to the patient.The more we can do tests and stuff online and free up the GP surgeries and the hospital waiting rooms gets a big thumbs up from me.
Summersunshine
28th May 2019
4
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A big yes from me, If you wait to see a doctor it can take ages, Also it gives me a certain amount of control of my health and what is happening, So many locum doctors now that they don't have time to read through my notes so I like to be sure and take a modicum of control of my health tests.
Bald123
28th May 2019
4
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If it means getting better quicker etc then yes has to be the answer
acahopkins
26th May 2019
5
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I have been able to see test results online for about ten years now! Routine GP tests appear normally within 36 hours, and anything which has to be done by the hospital clinics appears slightly later. They use the EMIS system. I think others use one called Evergreen.
WilliamM36
28th May 2019
2
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They you for that information I will ask at my GP because I order my prescriptions online already..
Lionel
26th May 2019
5
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If a teenaged lad in the South of England can hack into the US Department of Defense in Washington from a laptop then I'd be very, very wary of anything personal going on line. I believe that lad is currently on trial in the US.

Huge numbers of people were hacked at Talk Talk a while back and much personal info put on the dark web. It now transpires Talk Talk have admitted only a small number of those hacked. More are getting nasty financial surprises even now.

Given the NHS was badly hacked a little while back - the full extent of any breach of privacy was never admitted - then why should anyone trust their computers?

I don't.
Raedor
27th May 2019
4
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Some very good points Lionel, but surely you must trust computers as, after all, you did use one to send in your actual comments. Whilst it is very worrying about the misuse and abuse of personal Data, that young teenage lad you mentioned happens to be suffering from mental health issues and whilst no excuse it probably was a case of the default passwords being left in place. As for Talk Talk, I have to agree that is a disgrace and I think there is more to come out from that specific incident.
But given all that, if we do not learn from these past mistakes and simply turn away then it is normal everyday folk who will have to pick up the consequences. Technology is here to stay, whether trusted or not. But by adopting simple solutions and following standard proccesses will mean your data stays safe and you can then reap benefits such as Online Results.
I personally have an ICD fitted which is remotely monitored. This saves me going to the hospital so many times a year and its so much quicker to sort things out when any problems arise. It really is brilliant.
So dont be mistrusting, be computer savvy and beat the hackers at their own game.
JinxB
28th May 2019
2
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as most of the information held about you by the NHS has alraedy been digitised you are already at risk. why not take advantage to see for yourself what is already available, some of the things you are calling hacks weren't hacks as such, they were denial of service not loss of data, however as I said whether you want to read it or no the information is already online, that is how information is passed to the GP's surgery from clinical pathology so why not find out what is alrady there.
Wilf
30th May 2019
2
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It is a good point Lionel but then as you say all systems look like they can be hacked. I think in the long term this is the way to go as we get an ageing population , busier doctors and maybe all of us using the internet more
TrudyLS
4th Jun 2019
0
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all the information is already on a computer and so already accessible, I doubt having access to your own results will make any difference
Retiredyorkie
25th May 2019
6
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Brilliant Idea

Any tests or procedures done at either a hospital or your local GP practice would be acceptable by me.

Saves having to wait for results and then waiting for your next appointment to come through would be time saving all round both for hospitals and GP practices
macilroy
25th May 2019
5
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This Stops the Angciety waiting for tesults
AmandaCufflin
25th May 2019
4
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Definitely would be a welcome for patients hopefully q quicker response means a quicker diagnosis and leading to faster treatment.
Jankel
24th May 2019
5
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Hopefully it would mean quicker results. I have a friend with cancer and she sometimes has to wait up to six weeks for the results of a scan which to me is cruel.
SueC62
24th May 2019
6
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Our NHS is years behind other countries' systems. By now, the administrative side should be using cutting edge technology. Last year, a week after a small routine procedure I received a phone call giving me good results and told to go back to my GP. Two weeks later I went and he still hadn't had the results. I don't see why we both couldn't have had them online and earlier. A friend who is resident in Turkey was advised that an MRI scan was required. It was done within 30 minutes and the results were provided immediately.

I am not a frequent user of our NHS but every time I have done, I've been subjected to inefficiencies (left waiting for 2 hours because they forgot to book me in when I arrived) and seen money wasted (2 x letters sent to me 1st class to confirm an appointment that I'd already received confirmation of by text). And I'm sick of highly paid consultants who can't give me a firm diagnosis, asking me what I think it is. And I've even had to show a consultant how to use his new application so he could update my records properly....
Potato
24th May 2019
5
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Easier than having to wait for doctors appointment if all is well , if negative results doctors normally contact you to make an appointment .
Wilf
24th May 2019
5
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Yes it makes a lot of sense. What is the point of clogging up doctors surgeries if you can get it on email..
roym
24th May 2019
5
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Visiting a doctor becomes harder and harder.
IreneP7856
23rd May 2019
5
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If you have to wait for the doctor you have to wait an agonizing 2 weeks for some test results. If you can get your results online it would probably be a lot quicker and you could start to do something about the problem you have

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