Advance Directives



Raleigh General Hospital recognizes that patients have the right to participate in decision making regarding medical care, including the right to refuse life-sustaining treatment.

Advance Directives include two specific alternatives, directed by the patient. They are:

  • Medical Power of Attorney - a written statement that gives legal authority to another person (agent) to make health care decisions on your behalf when you are unable to do so due to illness or injury.
  • Living Will - a written statement that describes your personal wishes about how much treatment is desired in case of terminal illness.
  • In compliance with Federal law, patients will be given information and assistance as necessary to complete Advance Directives if the patient or surrogate so chooses. You should have received a brochure on Advance Directives when you were admitted.

If you did not receive one, please contact the Admitting Office at 256-4286 or the Social Services Department at 256-4364.