Monday 22 December 2014

Girl's consent not needed for blood test, court rules

Published 18/01/2013 | 05:00

A PSYCHIATRICALLY ill teenager who told doctors she wanted to kill herself before her 16th birthday will have blood samples taken against her wishes, writes Tim Healy.

Doctors want to take blood samples to establish if the 15-year-old girl has a life-threatening physical disorder known as neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS).

They also want to ensure that a drug being administered is not causing her to develop diabetes, the High Court heard.

The girl, who cannot be named by court order, has bipolar affective disorder and was detained last October in an adolescent mental-health unit under the Mental Health Act.

She opposed the taking of blood samples but doctors considered those necessary to monitor her reaction to her medication, the mood-altering drug olanzapine.

The judge found that the taking of a blood sample was in her "best interests" as she was "a serious suicide risk".

Irish Independent

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