1st question (Ok - first 4 questions ), so I hope I am in the right forum.
My caree (8x relative) is currently in hospital, with a test done yesterday and a potential serious operation in the next few days. So as the Carer I asked the nurse on the ward to see the medical notes, to be told ‘we do not allow that, you ask us questions and we answer, and there is a process for getting a copy of the notes’. (The “process” referred to is the DPA Subject Access Request process, which takes a month - useless in the circs).
Following the test, the results of which neither me not caree has been shown, there is a ward round this AM with the big Consultant to discuss next steps. I was informed that relatives are not allowed into these consultations.
I only started getting any response when I pointed out that I have a registered Lasting Power of Attorney (Medical), and I am the one who has to make the decision.
I have a chronic condition myself - T1D - plus a couple of other conditions that came and have now gone for some years (asthma, ibd), and for 20 years on half a dozen admissions I have just read all the notes about me in the hospital file with no questions ever asked.
There’s a further issue that I have been told that the wards are segregated by gender, so I have to wait in reception for hours and be called, and cannot be with my caree due to my sex.
(To be fair it is a general ward and my caree has been moved to where the consultant’s round is programmed, so perhaps the nurse is a little less knowledgeable on some of this stuff.)
So my Qs:
1 - Do I have a right to see the medical notes during treatment? Patients Charter etc talk about access to information to inform decisions etc, but in nebulous-ese.
2 - How on earth am I supposed to give informed consent without seeing the relevant notes, or even the report of the test?
3 - If I give them a letter stating that myself and my sibling have Power of Attorney can I make sure that that gets into the file? That is to head off at the pass any possible decision to proceed without due consideration.
4 - Do I have to take the written Lasting Power of Attorney with me? If not, will they say “you can’t prove it”, and proceed anyway?
All comments welcome. Thanks in advance.