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Informed consent and patient records

Consent is a basic right which says that you must be given a clear explanation of the treatment options available for your condition - and be able to make an informed and voluntary decision about your care.

What is informed consent?

Informed consent means that we’ll give you clear and easy to understand information, which will allow you to make your own choices about treatment at our hospital.

What consent will I have to give?

Your consent to be treated

We recognise that it’s your decision to undergo a treatment or procedure.

During your appointment, your Consultant will discuss your diagnosis and treatment options with you. This could include alternatives to surgery or no treatment at all.

They’ll also talk to you about the risks of each. Different procedures involve different risks, so you’ll need to consider the impact of these on you and your family when deciding which option is right for you. It’s important that you listen carefully and ask them to explain anything you don’t understand. This is also a good opportunity for you to ask questions.

They’ll ask you to give your consent in writing before undergoing any invasive treatment or medical procedure. This will be noted down in your patient records and you’ll also be given a copy of the consent form.

Your Consultant can only perform the procedure you’ve agreed to. You can refuse a treatment you’ve previously agreed to (also known as withdrawing consent) at any point by telling them or another member of the clinical team.

You will be asked to confirm your consent for your procedure on the day of surgery.

Your consent for us to share information with your GP

We’ll also ask for your consent to share any information we hold about you with the NHS or other health services, including your GP (if you’ve provided their details).

How will you use my information?

To find out more about how we collect, use and store your data, please view our Privacy Notice.