BHB introduces general consent form
A general consent form has been introduced for Bermuda Hospitals Board patients receiving routine medical care and non-invasive procedures.
The form is an addition to the list of required consents presently in place for patients and will become mandatory for all patients “over time”, according to a BHB statement.
“In our mission to provide exceptional care and a healthy community, we want to ensure that you are informed about your needs and that we have your permission to provide the best options available for healthcare diagnostics and intervention at the earliest possible opportunity,” BHB CEO Venetta Symonds said.
“In fulfilling this mission we also need to know that every person that has been afforded our medical services or treatment, has given their permission to receive it and been apprised of their right to refuse it.
“We understand that no one wants to feel forced into healthcare decisions especially as these are often needed at times when we are most fragile and vulnerable.”
The statement added that while it had traditionally been “assumed that anyone attending the hospital wanted treatment”, the form “now formalises this relationship”.
“The general consent form covers routine medical care and non-invasive procedures. Simply put it is your consent to care.”
BHB has always required consent forms for invasive procedures such as surgery and blood transfusions, and use of these will continue.
At present, patients of the Diabetes Respiratory Endocrine and Metabolism Centre, Fracture Clinic and Allied Health Services are asked to complete it if they want treatment or services.
Members of the public do not have to sign the form but failure to sign it means no treatment or services will be given.
Processes are in place for those who are vulnerable and unable to sign on their own behalf. These will be extended and used with this additional consent form.
View the PDFs under “Related Media”, to see the form as well as frequently asked questions and answers.