Revised guidance for healthcare professionals on gaining valid consent from patients is published today by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).
Consent is a process during which the professional provides adequate and accurate information concerning a procedure to a patient that allows them to reach a considered decision.
The up-to-date clinical governance advice provides a good practice framework for obtaining valid consent in obstetrics and gynaecology. Specific advice for some individual procedures has been published separately and is available from the RCOG website.
The guidance covers obtaining a woman’s consent for a test, treatment, intervention or operation such as screening tests, consent for emergency caesarean sections, pelvic examinations and ultrasound examinations.
The document also covers training and the presence of students during procedures. Moreover, it covers whether consent should be verbal or written and what happens if consent is not obtained.
The full guidance can be found here.