While you are in the hospital, you may be faced with a number of decisions. Some may be as simple as choosing your meals from the menu. Others may be more difficult, such as making a decision about an operation. This information has been designed to help you deal with the difficult choices.What does informed consent mean?Informed consent means that you have been given information about your healthcare, you understand it, you have thought about it and you agree to it, whether it be surgery, a procedure or other treatment that is recommended for you. You cannot give meaningful consent unless you are informed and understand the information.What are my rights as a patient?St. Catherine Hospital values the rights of patients to be knowledgeable regarding their decisions related to healthcare. St. Catherine's Patient Rights and Responsibilities statement describes your rights as a patient receiving care as well as your responsibilities as an active participant in your care.