- 1Department of Child Health, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK
- 2Department of Child Health, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter, UK
- 3Department of Clinical Risk, Bevan Brittan, Bristol, UK
- Correspondence to Dr Tony Lopez, Department of Child Health, Derriford Hospital, Derriford, Plymouth PL6 8DH, UK;
A 16-year-old girl is admitted with a paracetamol overdose, but refuses treatment. This article explores the legal, ethical and practical aspects of this case, which led ultimately to an application to the court for a judicial order.