The term “Consenting to treatment” refers to the act of giving a medical professional permission to treat, examine, or test you for something. It doesn’t matter what treatment you have, for example, your consent is required. 

The idea of giving consent can make some people feel anxious. Don’t worry, you can always talk to us or your doctor if you need some advice about giving consent. 

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.

Giving Your Consent

When you are asked to give your consent you should give it voluntarily. In other words, you should not be forced to make a decision. You should also have enough information about the test or treatment, for example, so any decision that you make is an informed one. 

Consent can be given in 2 different ways:

  • In writing – This usually takes place when someone signs a consent form. The form might refer to treatment or surgery that your doctor thinks you need. 
  • Verbally – This usually takes place when someone says they are willing to take medication, for example. 

Consent will only need to be given to the person or people who are responsible for any treatment you receive. You could, therefore, give consent to a therapist, nurse, surgeon, or doctor. 

Did you know that even if you give consent you are allowed to change your mind at any time?

When Consent Isn’t Needed

Consent might not be needed if: 

  • A person needs emergency treatment 
  • Additional treatment is needed while someone is undergoing an operation
  • A person is severely ill and lives in unhygienic or unsanitary conditions
  • A person is suffering from severe mental health concerns and has attempted suicide or has self-harmed 
  • A person is suffering from severe mental health concerns and they are unable to give consent
  • A person is deemed to be at risk to the public because they have cholera, tuberculosis, or rabies. 

Let’s imagine that you are looking for medical treatment in Barlby, for example, and you don’t think you have the capacity to give consent. Your doctor might not agree with you. If they think you can give consent and you’re feeling anxious, try to get as much information about the procedure, treatment, etc. as you can. 

The issue of consent can make a lot of people feel anxious or upset. If this is how you’re feeling please talk to your doctor and/or 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