What is a medical directive?
A medical directive is a written medical order that may be implemented for a number of patients under specific circumstances and when specific conditions are met. It is implemented by regulated health professionals, such as nurses, dietitians, nurse practitioners and pharmacists.
A medical directive is used only when it is in the patient’s interest for a designated health professional to implement the procedure without the physician’s direct assessment at the time of implementation.
Thames Valley Family Health Team (TVFHT) medical directives
Within TVFHT, physicians and regulated health professionals have to sign our medical directive implementation forms for the medical directive to be active.
We have developed templates for commonly used medical directives. Effective July 1, 2011, all Thames Valley Family Health Team employees who work under medical directives moved to these new, standardized medical directives.
If you are a member of the public, please click here for more information on medical directives or ask your health care provider.
If you are a health professional, please go to your college’s website for more information.