So. I'm 44 years old. I must have had about 20 blood tests or more over the years and I've had two pregnancies. So my GP would be able to tell me what blood group I am, yes?
He couldn't. "It's not something we'd keep on file as a general rule. You may find it on your hand held pregnancy notes".
Well.... my last pregnancy was 14 years ago. I haven't a clue where they are or even if I still have them. I can't remember for the life of me whether it was on the notes or not.
When I went for my last blood test just last month, the phlebotomist was surprised that my blood group wasn't on my records. I asked her whether she could put it on my results. No she couldn't as the GP hadn't requested it. (pauses to roll eyes in a dramatic fashion). Her advice was to 'Give Blood. They have to check your blood group". Well... one thing I would dearly LOVE to do is actually Give Blood. But given that it always takes at least seven attempts to get anything more than a slow trickle of the red stuff into a test tube from me, I'm not sure that they'd want me!
I do think it's daft that such a fundamental part of your biological makeup isn't deemed important enough to keep on your medical notes as a matter of course.
Thoughts, people? Is this a general thing?
Oh... and Cro........... Tis Number..............4!