Consent to treatment is the principle that a person must give permission before they receive any type of medical treatment, test or examination. This must be done on the basis of an explanation by a clinician.
Consent from a patient is needed regardless of the procedure. The principle of consent is an important part of medical ethics and the international human rights law.
At your Initial Assessment your clinician will ask you to sign consent forms for:
- Consent to treatment
- Consent to clinical photography
Your clinician will explain more about the consent forms, but if you have any further questions please ask your clinician or call us on 01323 735588.
Patients may, if they wish, withdraw consent after they have signed a form: the signature is evidence of the process of consent giving, not a binding contract.
Whatever the circumstances, respect for your dignity will be given due priority throughout the process, in particular with regard to enabling you to maintain the maximum possible independence, choice and control, and respecting your right to privacy.
Further information can also be found on NHS Choices: