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Issues around health and treatment

This page is about making sure your wishes are respected when you are too ill to tell the doctors yourself.
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA)- Health and welfare

This form of LPA enables your attorneys to make decisions about where you live and what treatment you receive while you are incapable of making these choices yourself. Your doctors will assess whether you have capacity to take any decision and will only refer to the attorney if you can’t do so yourself.

  • The Court of Protection

If you lose mental capacity, and if you haven’t completed this sort of LPA, your relatives or friends can apply to the Court of Protection to be able to make any decision on your behalf. 

  • Advance decision to refuse treatment

This is an instruction to your doctors to refuse a specific treatment- for example blood transfusions; being fed by tube; or being resuscitated if you have a terminal illness and your heart and lungs stop- even if this ends your life.

  • Who can be an attorney, or apply to the Court of Protection?

Anyone can do this. Usually it will be a family member or close friend, but a professional- such as one of our solicitors or an accountant- can do it as well (a charge will be made).


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