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Hi, I'm Lea and I have reviewed your query.
Who is on the life support and what are the relationship to that person of your sister and the partner?
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Has he specified who he wants as his next of kin?
If he had done a power of attorney your mother would know about it...as that means he has given power of his affairs to someone. If he has a do not resuscitate, the hospital will (should) have a copy of that.
In the absence of a power of attorney specifically naming someone to deal with his affairs and make medical decisions for him, and in the absence of him having named your mother on his medical records as his next of kin, then his sister (if she is his closest living relative) is his next of kin.
Your mum might want to check with the GP to see if her partner put her down on their records as next of kin.
Realistically, given the lengthy relationship between your mum and her partner, the sister should show some compassion and share any decision making.
Not exactly - next of kin isn't specifically defined in law, but in reality it is usually the next closest relative, e.g. a mother to a child...but as it isn't specifically defined in law, there's no real reason your mum should not be able to act as next of kin, particularly in light of her lengthy relationship with her partner. Most hospitals try to be flexible and compassionate about this.
Was her partner conscious when he was brought into hospital? Many hospitals ask who your next of kin is when you are admitted to the hospital.
Can I assist any further?
Your mum can ask the hospital to check - if he did have the opportunity to do that he probably did name your mum.
You're very welcome.
I hope things turn out well and that he recovers.