When we ask you to agree to any treatment or investigation, you can expect the staff caring for you to explain:

  • the type and extent of the treatment being proposed
  • the advantages and disadvantages of the treatment
  • any alternative treatments that might be available
  • any significant risks and side-effects
  • your right to change your mind and withdraw consent at any time.

We might need to take your blood or small sections of tissue, for example of an unexplained lump, as part of your treatment. You should be told in advance if samples are likely to be taken. These samples might also be used for teaching and research, although we will not use them in a way that can identify you unless we have your permission. Any information we hold about you will be treated confidentially. This information will be used to give you the best possible care. It will also be used to help us run and monitor the quality of our services.

We might use some of the information about you for research, but only after we have removed any details which would make it possible to identify you. No information about you will be used in any way that can identify you unless we have asked for your permission.

We sometimes use images, including x-rays, scans, photographs and videos, for teaching and research. Unless we have your permission, these will not be published or used in a way that can identify you. If you have any concerns about this, please talk to the staff caring for you.

The staff caring for you may need to ask your permission to perform a particular treatment or investigation. If there is anything you don’t understand, please ask the staff caring for you. They will be able to answer your questions or give you more information.

Remember, it’s your decision. It’s up to you whether you consent to the treatment or investigation that is being proposed. Your wishes will be respected at all times. You can also find out more by reading our Consent Policy below.