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Consent

What does consent mean?

Consent means you will allow us to carry out an operation or clinical procedure or to give treatment to your child. Of course you can only give permission if you understand everything about the operation, procedure or treatment, for example the risks, benefits, alternatives.

We call this informed consent.

How will I get all of these details?

A doctor or someone else who understands what is about to happen will go through the details with you. You can then ask questions and get them answered.

When will this discussion take place?

It may take place during the outpatient appointment where the treatment is first mentioned and discussed.

This may also happen at a clinic just before or on the day of the operation.

After your child has been admitted we may ask you to consent to a change or a different treatment.

What do I have to do?

Once you have had things explained and you have had your questions answered you will be asked to sign the consent form and take a copy.

For patients under 16 this will usually be their parent or carer. However young people under the age of 16 who fully understand what is to happen will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own consent.

What if I have any doubts or worries?

If you are asked to sign the consent form in clinic and have questions or doubts, there will be time for you to go home and think about things.

At any time, you can ask more questions by telephoning the number on your copy of the consent form, or you should ask to speak to a doctor.

For more information, please visit NHS Choices: Consent to treatment

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Disclaimer

Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: GEN3

Resource Type: Article

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