Where possible, a clinician must be satisfied that a patient understands and consents to a proposed treatment or investigation. This will include the nature, purpose, and risks of the procedure to ensure that the patient understands and has enough information to make an “informed choice”. Implied consent will be assumed for many routine physical contacts with patients (e.g. patient attending an appointment for a blood test and proffering their arm
Verbal consent will be obtained and recorded for all immunisations / vaccinations.
Written consent will be obtained and recorded for:
- Minor Surgery
- Joint Injections
- Video recording of consultations
- Any disclosure of information regarding a patient to a third party e.g. insurance report
- Family planning (coils and implants)