When you arrive at a doctor’s appointment or procedure with a child or young person
If you are bringing a child to a doctor’s appointment, we recommend that you discuss the appointment with the child in advance.
We recommend that children and teenagers under 18 are accompanied by a parent or support person during the appointment. Apart from supporting the patient, the parent or support person may also need to know about any necessary further treatments. However, the visit can be arranged so that the child or teenager goes go the appointment, laboratory or procedure by themselves, but is able to reach the parent or support person if necessary.
The guardians of a child have the right to receive information about the child’s health, but they must also respect the child’s personal integrity. Underaged children who are able to make decisions on their own treatment have the right to forbid that information be given to the guardians (Act on the Status and Rights of Patients 17.8.1992/785 (in finnish)).