Consent to Treatment
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, whether it’s a physical examination, organ donation or something else. The principle of consent is an important part of medical ethics and the international human rights law.
For consent to be valid, it must be voluntary and informed, and the person consenting must have the capacity to make the decision.
These terms are explained below:
If a patient would like a chaperone in the consultation room then they are free to request one, either when booking the appointment or at any time during the consultation.
Information Sharing Consent
Most patients understand and expect that relevant information must be shared within the direct care team to provide their care. GPs can share relevant information with those who provide or support direct care to a patient, unless the patient has objected.
The usual basis for sharing information for direct care is the patient’s consent, whether that is explicit or implied. GPs may rely on implied consent to access relevant information about the patient or to share it with those who provide (or support the provision of) direct care to the patient if all of the following are met:
Consent for others to view medical records
Patients may request that others are allowed access to their medical records, either for the purposes of getting test results, asking questions about their health, or speaking to the GP Surgery directly about the patient.
This requires a patient consent form completing (patient online proxy consent form 2021) and handing into the practice if the request for access is ongoing (one-off requests may not require the form but will still require consent).
A patient’s medical records is extremely sensitive information and this decision should not be taken lightly. The consent can be withdrawn at any time.