David suffers from high blood pressure, raised cholesterol and occasional gout.
He explains: “Having access to my detailed health record means that I don’t have to make an appointment with my doctor to check test results. I can go online. It gives me the information I need to make decisions about my diet or lifestyle to improve my health. I can see also a graph of trends in test results over a period of time, such as cholesterol levels and my two yearly prostate check.I feel I can make a judgement on whether I pursue a change to medication or a follow-up with my doctor. It makes me feel more in control.”
Mr Bayliss found the Share Your Record function ‘very easy’ to use. “I will be recommending it to my mother-in-law, who is in her eighties. She had a slight stroke recently, and it took her forever in A&E to give her previous medical history to the doctors.