When you are ill, you can usually discuss treatment options with your doctor and then jointly reach a decision about your future care. However, you may be admitted to hospital when unconscious or be unable, on a temporary or permanent basis, to make your own decisions about your treatment or communicate your wishes. In such a situation you would ‘lack mental capacity’ to make an informed decision and communicate your wishes. In these situations, doctors have a legal and ethical obligation to act in your best interests.
If you would like any other information or would like to make either an Advance Statement or Advance Decision please contact Fiona Ashmead.