Giving consent

You must give your written consent before any treatment, surgery or procedure is performed. Your doctor will discuss with you the options and expected outcomes before any major treatment, anaesthetic or surgery is performed.

Blood transfusions

You may also be asked to sign a consent form for blood or blood products. Your doctor will explain why it may be necessary to have a blood transfusion. Your doctor will discuss options available to you that relate to your medical condition. Read about consenting to a blood transfusion.

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Consent for minors

Consent by a parent, guardian or nominated next of kin is required for minors.

Family or friends may not accompany a patient to the operating areas unless the patient is a minor, requires an interpreter or has an intellectual disability. In these circumstances, a nominated person may accompany the patient, taking direction from the attending staff in the area.