Admissions to hospital
Most people who receive treatment in hospitals or psychiatric units for mental health conditions are there voluntarily and have the same rights as people receiving treatment for physical illnesses. However, a small number of patients may need to be compulsorily detained under a section of the Mental Health Act (1983). This law explains who is involved in the decision about compulsory admission or detention, and the individual’s or their nearest relative’s right of appeal.
Please click here for a series of easy read leaflets which set out your rights under the Act [add leaflets/insert links]
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The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient. These rights cover how patients access health services, the quality of care you’ll receive, the treatments and programmes available to you, confidentiality, information and your right to complain if things go wrong. For more details on the NHS Constitution, please click here
(please note: this is a link to an external website: NHS Choices)
For information on our Patient and Advice Liaison Service (PALS) – please click here.
For information on our Complaints service – please click here.
Freedom of Information
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Last updated: 30 June 2011
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