According to Uk laws, consent to the treatment is required in order to treat a child or young person:
- Consent given by children between 16 and 17 years old (“young persons”) is valid and cannot be overruled by persons with parental authority except if the young person is lacking capacity to consent or in exceptional cases by the court.
- Children under the age of 16 can consent to medical treatment only if the doctor or nurse decide that the child has sufficient understanding, maturity and intelligence to consent to the treatment ( as per “Gillick Competence” or Fraser guidelines).
If this is not the case, consent by a person having parental responsibility will be required. Other relatives or babysitters can't provide consent for treatment.
Parental authority resides automatically with the mother, married father or the legal guardian.
Legal guardians and unmarried fathers need to provide proof of parental responsibility:
- Unmarried fathers who are named on the birth certificate to children born after 01/12/2003 can bring the certificate as proof.
- Unmarried fathers not named as per above or having children born before 01/12/2003 and step parents who have a Parental Responsibility Order can bring this order as proof.
- If you are a legal guardian, please bring any legal evidence or document to prove your status as a/the legal guardian.
Please bring your child’s red book and any medications you child is taking to the appointment.
We also recommend that you bring your child’s favourite toy with you to distract and comfort them.
To book an appointment for a child, please call our booking line. Our lines are open Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm and Sat until 5pm.