Information for the public

Your care

Your care

In the NHS, patients and healthcare professionals have rights and responsibilities as set out in the NHS Constitution ( All NICE guidance is written to reflect these.

You have the right to be involved in discussions and make informed decisions about donating breast milk. To help you make decisions, staff at the milk bank should explain fully about donating breast milk. You should be given relevant information that is suitable for you and reflects any religious, ethnic, or cultural needs you have. It should also take into account whether you have any physical or learning disability, sight or hearing problem or language difficulties. You should have access to an interpreter or advocate (someone who helps you put your views across) if needed.

All screening should be performed with your informed consent. Healthcare professionals should follow the Department of Health's advice on consent ( and the code of practice for the Mental Capacity Act. Information about the Act and consent issues is available from In Wales healthcare professionals should follow advice on consent from the Welsh Government (

  • Information Standard