Advance Decision at late stage of disease
You may wish for active intervention if you are in coma or a minimally conscious state.
Below are scenarios which you might like to consider. If you would like withdrawal or refusal of treatment in any or all of these situations, select the relevant options for the decisions to be added to your Advance Decision.
When your Advance Decision would apply
In each clinical situation described below, the opinion of two senior specialist doctors will decide that you show no signs of significant improvement meaning that you would return to virtually the same mental function as prior to the event. If this is the case, your Advance Decision will come into effect.
To save your Advance Decision, select the 'Download' option under 'Document Builder'. You will then need to:
- Print off your Advance Decision.
- Sign and date your Advance Decision in the presence of a witness.
- Get your Advance Decision signed and dated by your witness.
The same steps apply to your Advance Statement, if you have created one.
What to do after creating your Advance Decision
Informing family and / or close friends as well as you GP will ensure that the treatments you wish to refuse are known. This is the only way of making sure that your Advance Decision can be followed should you lose the ability to make decisions.
You should now therefore:
- Make many copies of your signed and witnessed Advance Decision.
- Inform your GP about your Advance Decision, especially if you have not already consulted them about creating one.
- Tell members of your family and people who help look after you about your Advance Decision and what you have written in it.
- Give your GP, family and / or close friends signed and witnessed copies of your Advance Decision, and your Advance Statement if you have created one.
- Make sure that is is recorded in your medical notes that you have an Advance Decision and / or Advance Statement.