Advance directives are written documents that serve several purposes:
- They speak for you during times when you are unable to speak for yourself.
- They allow you to describe the type of medical treatment you wish to receive.
- They identify someone close to you as the person you wish to be a decision-maker for you if you are unable to do so.
BHB supports the use of advance directives, provided they are consistent with professional standards of care, other BHB policies and the law, as an important component in open and honest communication between patients and the people who provide their healthcare.
You are welcome to use the sample advance directive form in our advance directives booklet, linked below. The sample form is by no means exhaustive, and you may wish to provide more detail in your personalised advance directive.
For more information about advance directives, contact your legal counsel or family doctor.