@theretreatyork5 July 2020
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Generally, before any treatment can be given to you as a patient at The Retreat York our health clinician will require you to register and contractually sign an agreement that you are happy to work with us. By registering with us you will agree to inform us appropriately about your past clinical healthcare and for us to share your personal information with our consultants so that they can contact you.
For other matters such as sharing your personal information with legal guardians, relatives and friends we will require too seek your prior consent before we can do this. In both cases, this is a fundamental ethical and legal requirement that we must comply with.
To contractually agree to our services or to provide consent you will need to ensure:
At any time during your treatment you will have the opportunity to opt out or withdraw from your treatment but all payable fees will need to be up to date, if applicable.
All of this will be explained to you in your first initial meeting with our clinician.
Capacity is defined as a person being able:
If you lack capacity to make decisions for yourself then our clinicians will always act in your best interests and choose the most appropriate course of action.
There is not set definition of what ‘best interests’ is as everyone’s situation is different. Nonetheless, in achieving your best interests we will always:
Yes. If you don’t have the capacity to make your own decisions then you can appoint a legal guardian, relative or guardian to act on your behalf.
If you are a child, you can ask your parent to act on your behalf.
If you are over 18 years old you can appoint a lasting power of attorney (LPA) to represent you to give consent on your medical and financial affairs and to set limits to of what they can and cannot do.
Alternatively you can appoint a solicitor to act on your behalf.
In all matters, we will require appropriate signed authorisation processes for the third party to act on your behalf.
For further information on this you can refer to the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Other sources of information include:
You can approach your local NHS Trust and speak to the Patient Advice and Liaison Team (PALS) for help and advice.
You can contact the Public Guardian if you want to appoint someone to make decisions for you or get guidance.