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Consent Policy

Consent Policy


In our practice we treat patients politely and with respect, recognizing their dignity and rights as individuals.  We also encourage patients to be involved in decisions about their care and before embarking on any aspect of patient care, we seek their consent to do so- recognizing the rights of patients to decide what happens to their bodies.  We recognise that patients have the right to refuse advice or treatment. 

Informed Consent 

We aim to provide each patient with sufficient information in a way that they can understand to allow them to make a decision about their care.  We will use various communication tools to ensure that the patient understands what is being suggested. 

In our discussions with patients, we explore what they want to know to help them make their decisions and explain: 

  • Why we feel the treatment is necessary
  • The risks and benefits of the proposed treatment
  • What might happen if the treatment is not carried out
  • The alternative treatment options and their risks and benefits 

We encourage patients to ask questions and aim to provide honest and full answers.  We always allow patients time to make their decisions. 

We always make sure that the patient understands what costs are involved before treatment is commenced.  Where a patient embarks on a  course of treatment, we provide a written plan and cost estimate. 

Where changes to the treatment plan are needed, we obtain the patient’s agreement and consent, including any changes in the costs of the revised treatment plan.  The patient is then given an amended treatment plan and estimate. 

Voluntary Decision Making 

Decisions about their care must be made by the patient, and without pressure.  We respect the patient’s right to:

  • Refuse to give consent to treatment
  • Change their minds after they have given consent 

When this occurs we will not put pressure on the patient to reconsider but where we feel it is important, we will inform the patient of the consequence of not accepting treatment. 

Ability to Give Consent 

Every person aged 16 or over has the righty to make their own decisions and is assumed to be able to do so, unless they show otherwise.  We recognize that, in some circumstances, children under 16 years may be able to give informed consent to examination and treatment. 

Where we have doubts about a patient’s ability to give informed consent, we will seek advice from our defence organisation. 

Reference: GDC Standards Guidance – Principles of Patient Consent