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Medical Examination and Treatment

In some cases, a medical examination may be required as part of the evaluation to:

For example, is the bruise on the side of a person with dementia commensurate with stumbling against a table or is the cause more likely to be non-accidental?

Consent and Medical Examinations

Consent of the adult at risk should be sought.

If the individual does not have capacity to consent, a decision should be made as to whether it is in the person’s best interests (Section 4 Mental Capacity Act (2005)) for a medical examination, which may be intrusive, to be conducted.

If the decision is taken it is in their best interests, then consider: