New web page on care issue

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PEOPLE in Scarborough and across the region can now access a range of information on making decisions about care.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 provides a framework to empower and protect vulnerable people who have reached the age of 16 or over - and younger people in certain circumstances - who may not be able to make their own decisions.

To help patients, families and carers, NHS North Yorkshire and York has published comprehensive advice on decision-making and capacity to consent for people who might be affected by learning disabilities or mental health issues.

Melanie Bradbury, assistant director of commissioning for vulnerable people at NHS North Yorkshire and York, said: “There can be a lot of distress for people when they are confronted with a learning disability or the loss of mental capacity. This can be made worse when they are required to make decisions on the consent to care and medical treatment for loved ones.”

The web page can be accessed at www.nyypct.nhs.uk/AdviceInformation/MCA or call the Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 0800 06 88 000.