Consent

Implied Consent

Implied consent will be assumed for many routine physical contacts with patients. Where implied consent is to be assumed by the clinician, in all cases, the following will apply: 

  • an explanation will be given to the patient about what the clinician is about to do and why.
  • the explanation will be sufficient for the patient to understand the procedure.
  • in all cases where the patient is under 18 years of age, a verbal confirmation of consent will be obtained and briefly entered into the medical record. 
  • where there is significant risk to the patient an "expressed consent" will be obtained in all cases.

Expressed Consent

Expressed consent (written or verbal) will be obtained for any procedure which carries a risk that the patient is likely to consider as being substantial. A note will be made in the medical record detailing the discussion about the consent and the risks. A consent form may be used for the patient to express consent. 

 

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