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Making an Advance Directive

You can write an Advance Directive yourself or you can make one using our free form. The form is called an Advance Decision, but it can still be used in Scotland even though it has a different name. You can also make an Advance Directive online at My Decisions

Steps for making an Advance Directive

To make an Advance Directive, you should:

  1. Think about what you want and the situations in which you’d want to refuse certain treatments.
  2. Speak to those close to you about your wishes.
  3. Speak to your doctor about your Advance Directive. Your doctor can help you to understand your treatment options and explain the consequences of any decisions you want to make.
  4. Fill in your Advance Directive. It’s a good idea to sign and date it and get it witnessed. This helps to confirm that it contains your wishes that are written down.
  5. Make sure your GP and those close to you know that you have made an Advance Directive. There is more information about how to do this below.

You don’t need a solicitor to make an Advance Directive.

Telling people about my Advance Directive

It’s very important that those close to you, your GP, and anyone else involved in your care, know about your Advance Directive. There are a few things you should do to make sure people are aware of your Advance Directive:

  • Ask your doctor to keep a copy of your Advance Directive with your medical records.
  • Give a copy of your Advance Directive to anyone who would be contacted in an emergency.
  • Give a copy of your Advance Directive to anyone else who is regularly involved in your care. This could be for example, your consultant, carer or district nurse.
  • Carry the ‘Notice of Advance Decision’ card (which comes with Compassion in Dying’s Advance Decision pack) or keep a copy of your Advance Directive on your person.