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Advance Decision to refuse treatment – there may be certain medical treatments that you don’t want to receive, and you can write these down as an advance decision in the event that you have lost capacity (the ability to make decisions for yourself) and are not able to communicate your wishes. This is a legally binding document and will only be used if you lose the capacity to make or communicate decisions. Your GP and medical team need to know about these decisions so they can include it in your medical notes, they can also help you by explaining possible treatments and what it might mean if you choose not to have them.
If you have both an Advance Decision and LPA for Health and Welfare in place, the one which was made the most recently takes priority.
Refusing medical treatment is a personal decision that should be made after careful consideration of the risks and benefits. If you have decided that you do not want to undergo a particular treatment or procedure, there are several steps you can take to communicate your decision to your healthcare provider:
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