Section 4 Emergency admission

Patient: as above for Section 2. Application: nearest relative/ASW.

Recommendation: any one registered medical practitioner, who must have seen the patient within the past 24 hours. Duration: up to 72 hours. Right of appeal: none.

Section 4 is rarely used in practice; it is potentially open to abuse and the code of practice advises that it should be applied only when Section 2 would involve unreasonable delay. Section 4 can be converted into Section 2 by adding another doctor's recommendation.

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