Sssshhh! Don’t tell the patient!
Apparently, the results are back from my Vitamin D test, which I cheekily asked for last week, without doctor’s permission, whilst having my blood taken for something else.
But they won’t tell me the result, because: “Doctor hasn’t seen it yet”.
Well, I don’t suppose she has. She didn’t even know I was having it!
But it’s hardly a life-or-death piece of news, is it? Why can’t a patient be told their vitamin D level, without their doctor having to review it first? If I was being tested for some kind of cancer, or other life-changing condition, I could understand them insisting the results had to be double-checked, and the doctor talk me through the implications. But one’s own Vitamin D hardly seems a dangerous or controversial piece of knowledge, does it?
Kidney function, by the way, was fine. They were allowed to disclose that, because the doctor had already seen it.