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Am I being lawfully detained?
The first thing you will want to know is whether you have been detained lawfully. From the moment you are detained in hospital, we will be able to provide you with advice on whether correct procedures have been followed and whether you are detained lawfully. If you are not lawfully detained, we will be able to advise on what steps you should take.
What are my rights as a detained patient?
For how long will you be detained? What are your rights generally? What rights to do you have to seek discharge? How can you apply to a tribunal? Do you have the right to refuse treatment? Can you leave the ward? Can you see family and friends? We will be able to answer these questions and any others that you may have.
How can I get discharged from my section?
There are four ways in which a patient can be discharged from their section: By their responsible clinician, by their nearest relative, by hospital managers, or by a Mental Health Tribunal. We will make sure that you have a full understanding of how each of these avenues of discharge works, and we will advise on which avenue is most likely to be effective for you.
Type of section.
Many of our clients are detained in hospital under s2 or s3 of the Mental Health Act 1983, but we also regularly advise clients detained under the following types of section: