Patients, their relatives or legal representatives, may ask for the patient's signature to be witnessed on several different documents.

These include:

  • Last Will and Testament
  • Lasting Power of Attorney
  • Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment
  • Access to Pension Books / Banks / Building Society Accounts


The Trust has no legal responsibility to witness any of the above documents.

Patients should be encouraged to have such documents formalised (by others) before admission, or after discharge from hospital.

Patients must be medically assessed (see Section 4) before any document can be witnessed. The process of witnessing a document will only be undertaken in emergency circumstances and if a signature is required urgently.


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Paralegal / Patient Safety Manager
Ratified by: Safety and Quality Committee
Date Ratified: June 2021
Date Issued: October 2021
Review Date: June 2024
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Buzandi Chibawe, Claims Paralegal


See also:

  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice


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