Appointing a Medical Attorney
DWDV form 02b (PDF format) allows you to appoint an Agent who has Power of Attorney to make decisions about medical treatment on your behalf when you are unable to do so.
This Enduring Power of Attorney (Medical Treatment) does not allow an agent to make decisions about a person's affairs other than those about medical treatment. It is not to be confused with the Power of Attorney (Financial) that most people are familiar with.
You do not require your doctor’s approval to appoint such an agent. However, giving your doctor a copy of the completed form is wise, so that he or she can place it with your medical records for future reference.
It does not come into effect until you are no longer able to make your own decision. A patient retains the responsibility to make their own decisions if they are able to do so.
The form must be completed in the presence of two witnesses, one of whom must be a person authorised by law to witness a statutory declaration. These are listed on the form and include bank managers, doctors, solicitors, ministers of religion, councillors and town clerks, post office managers, teachers, police officers, pharmacists and justices of the peace.