Should I talk to my doctor about my Advance Decision?

If you are able to, it is a good idea to speak to your doctor about your wishes. Your doctor can help you to understand your treatment and care options, including any likely benefits and risks. This will help you decide what is right for you, based on your personal priorities, values and beliefs.

You can speak to any professional involved in your care including your GP, a consultant, district nurse or social worker.

Even if you would prefer not to discuss your wishes with your doctor, it is still important to make sure your wishes are recorded on your medical notes. This helps to make sure they are known about and can be followed.