Uk Living Wills Registry and General Practitioners
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UK Living Will Registry
As you may know Living Wills / Advance decisions were given the force of law under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Whereas in the United States over 70% of adults have made Living Wills in the UK the figure is under 3%. Take up has been slow, so far. But that is changing.
Here at the UK Living Wills Registry anyone over 18 can create their own Living Will easily and completely free.
We offer all the information anyone could ever need, plus a free online Living Will Creator that is easy to use and was made with the advice of experts in the field as well as Leading Council.
Once the Living Will is completed it is automatically emailed as a document ready for signing to the user’s email address.
Our Living Will / Advance Decision includes an optional mental capacity statement which the patient can ask his or her Doctor to sign.
There is no obligation on users to register their Living Wills, however if they do they are given a unique online lookup code to allow medical professionals to view their Living Will online.
This online lookup code is delivered in a variety of forms, including a credit card sized lookup card, stickers, and a certificate for medical notes
Of those polled most want to determine their own treatment if terminally ill rather than leave it to Doctors and family
The most prevalent objection to taking out Living Will was “What if I change my mind?” We encourage Register Members to re-visit and update their Living Will as often as they wish.
We recently commissioned a survey of over 1000 UK adults and over 90% of those polled said that they believed in the right to be able to make and enforce ones own decisions as to medical treatment in advance of becoming incapacitated.
Also very interestingly 89% of the population is happy to talk about death. Death is no longer a taboo subject.
Nearly 2/3 of those surveyed said that they would like to take out a Living Will but they just did not know who to turn to.
If you would like to complete a Living Will Yourself
90% of those polled do not want to die in hospital.
If you would like to see a copy of the survey you can download it here.
Of course many people also don’t understand that their verbal wishes supersede any written wishes and that Living Wills are only relevant in the case of a terminal condition.