Regulation 12

Mental Health (Hospital, Guardianship and Consent to Treatment) Regulations 1983 (as amended)

N.B. These Regulations have been superseded: see Mental Health Regulations for details.


Regulations: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10A, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

Schedules: 1, 2

Explanatory note


Duties of private guardians

12. It shall be the duty of a private guardian—

(a) to appoint a registered medical practitioner to act as the nominated medical attendant of the patient;
(b) to notify the responsible local social services authority of the name and address of the nominated medical attendant;
(c) in exercising the powers and duties conferred or imposed upon him by the Act and these regulations, to comply with such directions as that authority may give;
(d) to furnish that authority with all such reports or other information with regard to the patient as the authority may from time to time require;
(e) to notify that authority—
(i) on the reception of the patient into guardianship, of his address and the address of the patient,
(ii) except in a case to which paragraph (f) applies, of any permanent change of either address, before or not later than 7 days after the change takes place;
(f) where on any permanent change of his address, the new address is in the area of a different local social services authority, to notify that authority—
(i) of his address and that of the patient,
(ii) of the particulars mentioned in paragraph (b),

and to send a copy of the notification to the authority which was formerly responsible; and

(g) in the event of the death of the patient, or the termination of the guardianship by discharge, transfer or otherwise, to notify the responsible local social services authority as soon as reasonably practicable.