What happens if I have an accident when I’m out on my own – how will anyone know about my Advance Decision?

It’s important to ensure that your Advance Decision is known about by as many people as possible.

There are several things that you can do to make sure people are aware of your Advance Decision:

  • Ask your GP to keep a copy of your Advance Decision with your medical records;

  • Ask your GP to add the fact that you have an Advance Decision to your Summary Care Record. A Summary Care Record is an electronic record of important information about your health that is accessible to any health or care professional 24 hours a day. The existence of your Advance Decision will only be added if you specifically ask your GP to do so. This will only be a note that you have one, rather than it being a copy of the Advance Decision itself;

  • Give a copy of your Advance Decision to anyone else who is regularly involved in your care. This could be, for example, a consultant, health visitor or your local hospital;

  • Give a copy of your Advance Decision to your friends and family members. It’s important that anyone who would be contacted in the event of you being involved in an emergency knows that you have an Advance Decision and where a copy is kept;

  • 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;

  • Keep a copy of your Advance Decision on your person.

Some ambulance trusts also have electronic systems in place to store information about people for use in an emergency. You can contact your local ambulance trust to find out what system they use.

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