If you were to consent to treatment, it would mean that you have given permission for a medical test, treatment, or examination. Your consent is needed regardless of the examination or procedure etc that you have. 

The principle of consent is an important part of this country’s human rights law and its medical ethics. If you are offered medical help, you will need to consent to the treatment first. 

We know that giving or refusing consent can make you feel anxious. This is why we are here to help you.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

What Is Consent?

Consent can be defined as “giving your permission for something to happen”. When you are asked to give consent, you should do it entirely voluntarily. You must also have enough information about the proposed treatment, for example, so you can make an informed decision.  It’s vital that the person consenting to treatment has enough capacity to make this type of decision. 

Giving Consent 

Consent can be given verbally and in writing.

  • Verbally – You could agree to take medication, for example.
  • In writing – You could sign a consent form agreeing to have mental health support or surgery, for example.

Consent should be given to the person who’s responsible for your treatment. They could be a doctor, nurse, surgeon, or a therapist, for example.

You can change your mind any time before the procedure/treatment, even if you have already given consent. 

Consent Isn’t Always Required 

Consent may not be needed if someone:

  • Needs emergency medical treatment.
  • Needs additional emergency treated while they are having an operation.
  • Needs hospital treatment for a severe mental health condition and has self-harmed or attempted suicide after they have refused treatment.
  • Has a severe mental health condition and is not able to consent.
  • Is severely ill and lives in unsanitary or unhygienic conditions.
  • Is a risk to the public because they have rabies, tuberculosis, or cholera.

Some people may think that they have the capacity to give consent for treatment in Brayton, for example. However, a health professional may not agree. Other people assume they are unable to give consent, but their doctor might think they can. Medical workers, community groups, therapists, and other professionals want to offer everyone the best care they possibly can. They understand how important the issue of consent is to a patient and where misunderstandings surrounding consent can occur.

We know that giving consent or being told that you can’t give consent can cause anxiety. Whether the issue of consent surrounds getting help with mental health concerns or another type of treatment, there has always been a lot of debate about it. If you’re feeling anxious or upset about consent, you can talk to us. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk