Confidentiality and Consent
The staff at RJAH are bound by a code of confidentiality. They must not pass on information about you without your permission, except to other people involved in your treatment, and other health professionals who need to know the information.
Maintaining the legal right to patient confidentiality continues to be an important commitment on our part. To help with this we have appointed someone who is called a Caldicott Guardian, and who has responsibility to ensure the protection of patient confidentiality throughout the Trust in accordance with your legal rights.
Contact the Caldicott Guardian:
Director of Nursing
Tel: 01691 404193
The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The 2000 NHS Plan pledges that proper consent must be sought from all NHS patients and research subjects. To achieve this goal, the Department of Health set up the Good Practice in Consent initiative and enlisted an advisory group made up of patient representatives, carers, clinicians, academics and NHS managers. The initiative, the work of the advisory group and good consent practice.
The Department of Health website contains a wide range of resources on the issue of consent.
About the consent form
Before a doctor or other health professional examines or treats you, they need your consent. Sometimes you can simply tell them whether you agree with their suggestions. However, sometimes a written record of your decision is helpful – for example if your treatment involves sedation or general anaesthesia. You’ll then be asked to sign a consent form. If you later change your mind, you’re entitled to withdraw consent – even after signing.
More information and advice about consent forms is available from the Department of Health website at: www.dh.gov.uk