Informed consent is an integral component of the provision of quality, patient-centred healthcare.
Consent to medical treatment and healthcare means agreeing to a proposed specific procedure after you have been given proper and sufficient explanation of the nature and likely consequences and risks of the procedure.
Public hospitals in South Australia follow legislative and SA Health guidelines relating to consent.
Your consent must be given in writing before all operations, blood transfusions, radiotherapy treatment, examinations under anaesthetic and non-operative procedures of a serious nature.
Written consent must also be given for the administration of local, spinal or general anaesthetic procedures.
If your capacity to make decisions is impaired and you have an Advance Care Directive, your substitute decision maker will be able to provide consent on your behalf.
Central Adelaide LHN acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands on which its sites are located. We respect their spiritual relationship with their country and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to living Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today.