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End of Life Care

Advanced Decisions & Advance Care Planning

Doctors are bound by professional and legal obligations in end of life decisions. They may wish to be actively involved in discussing these issues and helping patients to draw up an Advance Directive or an Advance Care Plan. They may wish to witness the resultant documentation, but they are...

Consent

The Guidance document produced by the GMC Consent: Patients and Doctors making decisions together, expands on Good medical practice, which says doctors need to be satisfied that they have consent from a patient, or other valid authority, before: undertaking any examination or...

Donating a Body to Medical Research

The donation of the body or any of its tissue falls under the authority of the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) and is governed by the Human Tissue Act 2004 which came into force in 2006. HTA Website The HTA has a useful information document which would be useful to print out to give to your...

End of Life Care

The GMC guidance Treatment and care towards the end of life: good practice in decision making replaces the guidance ' Withholding and withdrawing life-prolonging treatments: (2002) ' and expands on the guidance in 'Seeking patients' consent: the ethical considerations (1998)' and that contained...

InformationGovernance - Requests for Information from Dignitas

We have been made aware that Dignitas may contact a patients GP for information if that patient contacts them considering assisted suicide. How should you respond? The Suicide Act provides that 'a person who aids, abets, counsels or procures the suicide of another, or an attempt by another to...

Medical Examiner & Death Certificates - Audio & Video Podcasts and Recorded Webinars

You can record your reflections on this form or via your learning diary here: https://www.fourteenfish.com/about/learningdiary ​​CQC are particularly keen to see any evidence of your learning and how you apply it. Changes to the MCCD (Medical Certificate of Cause of Death) - 30th March 2022 Dr...

Message in a bottle

The Lions Message in a Bottle scheme is a simple idea designed to encourage people to keep their personal and medical details on a standard form and in a common location - the fridge. The Lions Message In A Bottle Scheme 257 Alcester Road South Kings Heath Birmingham B14 6DT You can...

Tissue / Organ Donation

The majority of people are in favour of donation regardless of ethnicity or religious preference and generally family members are not distressed by being asked about donation, they value the opportunity to consider this option. It is important that people are given the opportunity to express...