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A quick guide to performing cosmetic procedures.
Assessing the best interests of children who are too young to make decisions for themselves is complex.
During their life, a patient or their solicitor might ask you to witness the signing of a will or to produce a letter to confirm that the patient has capacity to make a will. After a patient has died, you might be asked to comment on whether the patient had testamentary capacity at the time they made a will.
There are circumstances in which you may disclose confidential information without patient consent.
Mediation can get both sides talking again when conflicts arise.
Injuries from weapons such as knives, guns or even crossbows can raise questions over confidentiality and a doctor's duty to contact the authorities.
Should I show a medical report for an insurance company to the patient first?
Should I carry out an intimate examination if a patient does not want a chaperone present?
Who is responsible for obtaining consent?
How do I assess a patient's best interests if they lack capacity?
What risks must I warn patients about when obtaining consent?
Can I provide life-sustaining treatment against a patient's wishes?
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