Mayo General Hospital launches Guidelines on Informed Consent

May 7th 2008

Two new sets of guidelines designed to help patients at Mayo General Hospital to understand procedures they may have to undergo will be launched on Thursday (May 8th) by the hospital's General Manager, Tony Canavan.

The two documents - "Guideline on Obtaining Patient Consent" and "Guidelines on Obtaining Consent for Treatment of Children and Young People" - have been developed by two groups in the hospital over the past six months, during which time best practice in Ireland and internationally was reviewed before initial drafts were published for wider review by clinical colleagues in Mayo General.


As well as guidance for clinicians on making sure patients understand the procedures they are consenting to, the two projects also resulted in a suite of consent forms covering adults, minors and patients with beliefs which prevent them from agreeing to certain treatments.


The steering group for adult consent issues was chaired by Consultant Surgeon, Mr Kevin Barry, and the group reviewing issues on consent for minors by Dr. Michael O'Neill, Consultant Paediatrician; both projects were led by Carmel Ikeringill, the hospital's Clinical Risk Manager.


As well as the chairman and the project leader, the Adult Consent Group consisted of Dr Tom O'Malley, Consultant Physician, Dr Ulrich Bartels, Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist, Dr Geraldine Maloney, Consultant Anaesthetist, Dr Fadel Bennani, Consultant Histopathologist, Dr Mary Casey, Consultant Radiologist, Josie Esaul, Divisional Nurse Manager, Surgical Division and Jack Walsh, Transfusion Surveillance Officer.


The Minors' Group included Dr. Gay Fox, Consultant Paediatrician, Dr. Asaad Elabbas, Consultant Paediatrician and Ann Marie Staunton, Divisional Nurse Manager, Women's Health and Children, as well as Dr. Michael O' Neill and Carmel Ikeringill.


The launch of the Guidelines on Informed Consent will take place at 4.30 p.m. on Thursday, 8th May in the Dining Room at Mayo General Hospital.




Further information: Mary Garvin, HSE West Communications; Phone 091 77 5474




Last updated on: 07 / 05 / 2008