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Arranging admission

If the decision of the team is to admit the patient, the level of security required should be considered.

Discuss with the MHO how the patient is to be managed, including who is to accompany the patient and deliver the section papers, who will secure the premises and who will inform the patient and relative of the decision. Liaise with the receiving hospital to ensure a bed is available, to discuss arrangements for the patient's admission, transport to hospital and patient's need for care during removal, including medical and nursing escorts if required.

Emergency detention is not a treatment order and the patient cannot therefore be forced to accept any form of treatment. However, in emergency circumstances, medication can be given under the common law principle of necessity to control acute symptomatology or behavioural disturbance where risk to life and safety are involved.

Last edited: 12/1/2004

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