Clinical Law Southampton:
Mr Robert Wheeler, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon and Director of the Department of Clinical Law, discusses issues arising in clinical practice such as consent and confidentiality.
Consent For Surgery
Consent For Surgery by CLAWS
Hospitals have a duty to prevent incapacitated patients from hurting themselves.
Disclosing Small Risks
The foreseeable risks associated with clinical practice seem innumerable, and when seeking a patient’s consent for treatment, we are faced daily with the prospect of trying to identify what we will and will not disclose.
Use Of Interpreters
A 21 year old Sri Lankan woman had given birth to her first baby on 16 July. At that time, she spoke very few words of English; the antenatal records revealed at 16 weeks that she spoke Tamil, and an interpreter was required.
Staff Preaching To Patients
In a recent case from an employment tribunal, a band 5 nurse appealed against her dismissal for initiating discussions about religion with patients.
Twenty years ago, English courts were twice faced with the dilemma of needle phobia; both cases relating to women who had consented to urgent caesarean section and explicitly wanted their babies to be born safely.