It is important you understand and ask questions about your treatment before you give permission to continue. Agreeing to a procedure or treatment is called ‘consent
’. If you change your mind, you can withdraw your consent at any time. If you cannot make decisions about your treatment due to serious illness, a Power of Attorney enables you to appoint someone to provide consent on your behalf. Please include the contact details of those with Power of Attorney (including a copy of the relevant Power of Attorney documentation) at your first hospital appointment. In the case of an emergency, every effort will be made to contact your next-of-kin, guardian, or the person with Power of Attorney. Minors require consent from a parent, guardian, nominated next-of-kin or significant adult.