The right of patients to privacy and confidentiality is usually paramount. To enable us to film in highly sensitive medical environments, or on location with the emergency services, we distinguish between consent to film (often verbal) and consent to broadcast (always in a form that is provable, often in writing). We would not normally broadcast any footage without clear, informed consent from patients and key medical or emergency staff featured.
Key to filming in these circumstances is the principle that we consult with the medical or emergency personnel whose work we are following before making the initial decision to film a patient.
It may be appropriate to seek consent to broadcast only after the patient's treatment is complete and the decision has been taken to include their story in our output. It will be necessary to maintain close contact with the patient and their family in order to determine how and when to discuss consent to broadcast.