To be sectioned is to be detained through a compulsory order for the safety of yourself and/or others. A diagnosis of a mental health condition must be given with the sectioning.
Excluding the Community Treatment Order a person can be sectioned from as little as 8 hours with Nurse Holding to 6 months with a Treatment Order in an inpatient unit.
A Community Treatment Order can be issued after the inital 6 month sectioning with a Treatment Order which can be renewed after 6 months and each 12 months thereafter.
You will be sectioned if you are showing signs of suffering from a mental health condition that warrants detention for a limited period and/or if you need to be detainted for your own safety or the safety of others.
Yes - A second opinion can be made through a Responsible Medical Officer or your GP.
Yes - A patient has the right to choose a person whom they wish to act in their interests and with whom they give consent for information about their care and treatment to be shared.
These can include: A family member, carer, friend, neighbour or clergyman etc.
Yes - Unless you no longer have the capacity to refuse treatment or give consent for said treatment.
An appeal can be made through the Mental Health Review Tribunal Panel. This consists of 3 people: the Chair (a qualified legal practioner), an independent Consultant Psychiatrist and one lay member.
The inpatient ward is seen as a safe environment for which a detained person can receive the relevant treatment for their mental health condition.
Complaints are made through the Mental Health Law Administrator or through Guernsey Mind (See Contact Us)
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