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Abdominal Hysterectomy for Benign Conditions (Consent Advice No. 4)

Published: 20/05/2009

This is the second edition of this guidance, which was previously published in October 2004 under the title Abdominal Hysterectomy for Heavy Periods.

Please note: Although this document was produced before the Montgomery ruling, it remains appropriate for use as part of the process outlined on our main consent page. The form should be used to help record women’s understanding of the implications of the final agreed procedure.

This paper provides advice for clinicians in obtaining the consent of women undergoing abdominal hysterectomy under general anaesthesia. It is intended to be appropriate for a number of procedures and combinations and the consent form should be carefully edited under the heading ‘Name of proposed procedure or course of treatment’ to accurately describe the exact procedure to be performed, after discussion with the woman.

The paper follows the structure of Consent Form 1 of the Department of Health, England/Welsh Assembly Government/Scottish Government/Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland. It should be used in conjunction with RCOG Clinical Governance Advice No. 6: Obtaining Valid Consent.

The aim of this advice is to ensure that all women are given consistent and adequate information for consent; it is intended to be used together with dedicated patient information. After discharge, all women should have clear direction to obtaining help if there are unforeseen problems.