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Reviewing and updating an Advance Directive

We recommend reviewing your Advance Directive every two years, or sooner if your health changes, or if you’re going into hospital. It’s important to talk to your doctor about your wishes for treatment so they explain the consequences of any decision you make.

If you lack capacity to make a decision and your Advance Directive was reviewed or updated in the last two years, the doctor treating you can be more confident that what you have said in your Advance Directive is still what you want.

Can I change my mind?

While you still have capacity you can change your mind or cancel your Advance Directive at any time. If you want to change it, you should make a new form and give copies to the people close to you and anyone involved in your care (instructing them to destroy the old version). You can cancel your Advance Directive by destroying it (and any other copies you have made).