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Giving your consent means say that you agree to something, that it has been fully explained to you, and that you are aware of the risks involved.
Remember that every treatment has risks as well as benefits. What may be the best treatment for someone else may not be the best treatment for you. More information that will help you to make a decision about your treatment can be found here.
When a doctor, nurse or therapist asks you to agree to any form of examination, treatment or care you are free to say no, or to ask for more information before you make up your mind.
Once you have made up your mind and you are sure you have made the best choice about your treatment, you can give your consent.
More on giving your consent...
The Department of Health has also drawn up guidance to tell you more about giving your consent, and what you have a right to expect from your healthcare team.
The information is available via the web links below, and is available in several languages…