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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.
Injuries from weapons such as knives, guns or even crossbows can raise questions over confidentiality and a doctor's duty to contact the authorities.
Contraception is a very common reason for women to consult their doctors; in a small number of cases, problems can arise.
How do I assess a patient's capacity?
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?
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