This area of the website provides guidance for healthcare professionals on obtaining consent from women within obstetrics and gynaecology services. It provides easy access to all of our procedure-specific consent documentation, and gives advice on how best to support women’s decision-making about their care.
Consent and the Montgomery ruling
The 2015 Montgomery ruling has practical implications for how clinicians obtain consent and support patients to make decisions about their health care. An overview of the Montgomery case and the impact for obstetricians and gynaecologists is available in the July 2016 issue of TOG and also in the December 2016 issue of O&G magazine (PDF, 268 kb).
The implication of the Montgomery ruling is that healthcare professionals must:
- Clearly outline the recommended management strategies and procedures to their patient, including the risks and implications of potential treatment options
- Also discuss any alternative treatments
- Also discuss the consequences of not performing any treatment or intervention
- Ensure patients have access to high-quality information to aid their decision-making
- Give patients adequate time to reflect before making a decision
- Check patients have fully understood their options and the implications
- Documented the above process in the patient’s record
This reinforces the GMC’s guidance on consent.
Model consent process
The diagram below shows the model consent process: