Section 2 Admission for assessment

Patient: must have a mental disorder and detention must be necessary for his/her own health or safety or for the protection of others. Applicant: ASW/nearest relative.

Medical recommendations: two - one must be approved under Section 12 of the Act and is usually a psychiatrist; the other doctor is usually the patient's GP. Duration: up to 28 days.

Right of appeal: to a Mental Health Review Tribunal within the first 14 days; the nearest relative also has the power to discharge the patient from the Section.

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