I don’t want to tell anyone about my Advance Decision – is that OK?

Whether or not you tell anyone about your Advance Decision or Advance Statement and if you do, who you tell, is your decision.

However, it’s important to note that if people do not know you have made an Advance Decision or Advance Statement, they will not know what your wishes are and will not be able to follow them.

If you don’t want to tell anyone about your Advance Decision or Advance Statement, there are a few other things that you could do to alert people to the fact that you have made one.

You could carry the original copies on your person. You can also contact us to request a Notice of Advance Decision card. This is a card that you can keep in your wallet to alert people to the fact that you have an Advance Decision. There is space on the card for you to write the name and contact details of someone who has a copy of your Advance Decision. 

You could contact Medic Alert. This is a charity that produces jewellery containing the international medical symbol and key medical instructions for emergencies. This could include details of allergies, conditions or the fact that a person has an Advance Decision.

You could also look at our Conversation toolkit which gives you some information about how to talk about your wishes for your treatment and care.

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