Rights & responsibilities

Consent to medical treatment

By coming to hospital you have given general agreement to treatment which may be required for your condition. Certain procedures – such as an operation, the administration of anaesthesia and certain diagnostic procedures – require your written consent.

You are entitled to a clear, understandable explanation of any procedure or operation planned for you. Your doctor should also clearly outline any risks and possible complications in a way that you understand.

Before you sign a consent form, you should fully understand the nature of the procedure and what is involved. You are entitled to refuse surgery or any other procedure if you wish. Your doctor should also have informed you of fees and charges associated with your medical treatment.

You are entitled to receive an explanation of your illness or condition, the treatment proposed, alternative treatments as well as the likely effects and outcomes.

If you wish to have a second opinion, discuss this with your doctor.

You may ask the name and professional status of any person involved in your treatment and the functions he or she will perform in your care.

If you have appointed an Enduring Power of Attorney (Medical Treatment) or an Advanced Directive, please bring a copy of that document with you to hospital so that a copy can be filed in your medical record, to allow all your care givers to be aware of your arrangements.

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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Seek advice from an appropriately qualified health practitioner before proceeding with any procedure.