Urgent advice needed re medical notes PLEASE
Following the Knee Arthroscopy my consultant confirmed the diagnosis is OA.My GP gave me another months' sicknote, as I'm still in constant pain and walking (limping rather...) is still a painful ordeal and gets me no further than 200yards with a cane and I have to do physio 3 x a day at home. I was told by the consultant that,with my consent,my employer should write to them for a medical report, as I will not be able to return to my job but will need a deskjob. My GP told me the same (explaining it much more clearly to me and being far more reassuring re my concerns about my job situation than the consultant was!) and said that HR could write to him for the medical report also. So far it looks like work will be supportive and re deploy me with a suitable job and one of my superiors is coming to visit me tomorrow to discuss things. She said she will bring the necessary forms with her for me to sign and give my consent for them to see my medical notes. My question is : do I thereby give them permission to see ALL of my medical history ( which I would NOT want) or just the report/medicl notes concerning my knee problem? Or is it a case of I have to specify how much access to my medical history I give them? Another issue: my knee only became this bad immediately following works safety training ( and I stated from the very onset that I think the bleeptest was the main culprit and my GP and consultant confirmed this from the onset and it was written on my very first sicknote too) and I was advised to have it recorded in the accident/injury book, which my line manager assured me he did. My GP suggested I consider claiming compensation from my employer ( a government employer!) as my now disability is most likely indeed the result of the works training. I am in a pickle! Both of my knees have been creaky and at times painful for a few years, but this nevverr stopped my from being active,sporty and doing my job. I have never been off sick because of pains in the knee. So - even if the officer safety training was the final straw for my worst knee, will my employer not argue that this was a pre existing conditon and I have no case for compo? I don't really want to go down the route of compo and would only consider this if they ill health retired me or said they had no suitable job for me. Re deployment would most certainly result in a considerable drop in wages for me and I would struggle financially! I live be myself and support myself. Can anyany advise me where I stand? My friends say I don't have to sign any consent forms yet tomorrow, as I am still on sick and dont know when I'll be back at work yet anyway and fear that HR and Occ Health will just be eager to have me back at work, rather than on sick. Help and advise PLEASE as I am really worried about how to handle the visit tomorrow.
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