It is the philosophy of the Rotunda to allow patients to make decisions about their care by giving them all the information they need.
Before a doctor or other healthcare professional examines or treats you, they need your consent.
Consent is about you and the healthcare staff agreeing together on the best way forward for your treatment, based on you telling them your preferences and values and the healthcare staff’s clinical knowledge.
- Sometimes you can simply tell them whether you agree with their suggestions.
- You can give consent verbally or implied, such as holding out your arm for bloods to be taken.
- Sometimes we need a written record of your decision, for example if your treatment involves sedation or general anaesthesia.
- We will then ask you to sign a consent form.
- If you later change your mind, you can withdraw or take back your consent, even after signing the form, anytime up until you are having your procedure.
As a general rule, we cannot give you an operation, procedure or treatment without your consent, as long as you are deemed to be a competent adult – that you can understand the proposed treatment.
By law we have to give you all of the information you need and get your consent for an operation, procedure or treatment and it is also an accepted part of good medical practice.
Sometimes in obstetrics, we may need consent to treatment in an emergency situation, with only a little time to talk about all of the issues with you.
Please discuss any concerns you may have with a doctor or midwife.