Consent for COVID-19 risk

Patients must understand that there is an increased risk for them due to COVID-19 when they may be opting for an elective treatment that is not urgent and may not be medically necessary.

They must also understand that the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. I further understand that COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread by person-to-person contact; and, as a result, the UK Government and healthcare agencies have recommended social distancing.

We as providers of medical and surgical care have worked closely with our governing bodies, government agencies, the NHS and other facilities where we work, to closely monitor this situation and have put in place reasonable preventative measures aimed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

However, given the nature of the virus, it is important to understand that there is an inherent risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 by virtue of proceeding with elective treatments.

You will need to acknowledge and assume the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 through any elective treatment in order to be able to proceed with this treatment.

Even if a patient is tested for COVID and receives a negative test result, the tests in some cases may fail to detect the virus or they may have contracted COVID after the test.

If a patient has COVID-19 infection, and even if they do not have any symptoms for the same, proceeding with an elective treatment can lead to a higher chance of complication and death.

If a patient has possible exposure to COVID-19 before/during/after my treatment that may result in the following: a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, extended self-isolation, additional tests, hospitalisation that may require medical therapy, Intensive Care treatment, possible need for intubation and ventilator support, short-term or long-term intubation, other potential complications, and the risk of death. In addition, after elective treatment, I may need additional care that may require me to go to an Accident & Emergency Department at a different hospital.

All patients must understand that COVID-19 may cause additional risks, some or many of which may not currently be known at this time, in addition to the risks described herein, as well as those risks for the treatment itself.

We will of course give you the option to defer treatment to a later date. However despite all the potential risks, including but not limited to the potential short-term and long-term complications related to COVID-19, and you may wish to proceed with the planned treatment and/or surgery.