How to get your test results directly from the hospital

Did you know?

We all know the importance of early detection and treatment of breast cancer and most of us-survivors have gone through the motions: The lump, then appointment with the family doctor, then mammogram, then biopsy and then all hell breaks loose, the nightmare is on. Through all this, having to wait to get test results “only from the ordering physician” adds to the ordeal, and the delay can be dangerous.

Luckily, since a couple of years now you can get test results directly from the Hospital, as soon as they are available: Either from KGH-records (Kidd1, ground floor, across from X-Ray dept) or Hotel Dieu-records (Jeanne Mance basement 00). You fill out a form where you say how you want to get the results, by mail, FAX, in person (they do not e-mail, not confidential enough), and it is free! However, for multipage records, eg from the Emergency department or for copies of entire files there is a fee that varies with the length of the file.

Many thanks to supervisors of records, Mary-Jo Sharboneau and Deb Sapp. And especially to Dr. Sauerbrei of HDH-radiology who informed me right away that my tumor was nasty, even before the regulation was on!