Emergency admission for assessment
- Only one medical recommendation is required (as opposed to two for s2) (s4(3)).
- It lasts for 72 hours maximum (as opposed to 28 days).
- The applicant (usually AMHP) must have seen the patient in the previous 24 hours (rather than 14 days) (s4(5)) and certify that getting the second doctor would "involve undesirable delay" (s4(2)).
A second medical opinion should be sought as soon as possible. A second medical recommendation converts s4 to s2 (s4(4)) - that s2 is treated as having begun when the s4 began.
The Consent to Treatment provisions do not apply (s56(1)(a)).
- Reference Guide to the Mental Health Act 1983, 2. Compulsory admission to hospital under Part 2 of the Act [Note that the chapter number relates to the old Reference Guide]