West Ballina Resident Says My Health Record Helped Him Over the Years

Ken Knight, aged 88 from West Ballina, recently enjoyed his first day out fishing without a health incident.

Ken has a long history of suffering from atrial fibrillation (AF). AF is a type of abnormal heart rhythm which causes the upper chambers of the heart to quiver instead of beating normally.

“Often I would be fishing by the river and lose my breath, and then sometimes I’d end up in the rocks,” Ken said.

Due to this Ken has seen many doctors and been in hospital many times over the years.

At the start of this year, Ken suffered a heart attack and was rushed to hospital where he had a stent put in.

“Since then, my health has been much better. I had the best day fishing yesterday. I got through it okay. Having a My Health Record has certainly helped me over the years,” said Ken.

Ken registered for a My Health Record in 2012 when it first came out and often talks about the benefits he has realised over the years.

“When the doctors ask me a lot of questions and then the hospital staff ask me the same questions, such as what tablets I’m taking and what health problems I’ve had, I tell them to look at my My Health Record and they can see everything there. At Lismore Hospital I told them I have a My Health Record and they looked it up. It saved me having to repeat myself,” said Ken.

Having Ken’s health history – such as diagnosis and medications – in one place within his My Health Record means that when he is not feeling well he doesn’t have to remember all the information and respond to a lot of questions.

The hospital staff were able to access Ken’s health information immediately and knew they could give him more timely healthcare as the information about his health conditions and medications was available immediately.

Since Ken’s recent health emergency, his doctor at West Ballina Medical Centre has updated his My Health Record.


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