Regulation 2

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N.B. These Regulations have been superseded: see Mental Health Regulations for details.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



2.—(1) In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires—

“the Act” means the Mental Health Act 1983;
“appropriate medical officer” has the same meaning as in section 16(5) of the Act;
“the Commission” means the Mental Health Act Commission;
“document” means any application, recommendation, record, report, order, notice or other document;
“private guardian”, in relation to a patient, means a person, other than a local social services authority, who acts as guardian under the Act;
“served”, in relation to a document, includes addressed, delivered, given, forwarded, furnished or sent.

(2) Except insofar as the context otherwise requires, any reference in these regulations to—

(a) a numbered section is to the section of the Act bearing that number;
(b) a numbered regulation or Schedule is to the regulation in or Schedule to these regulations bearing that number and any reference in a regulation to a numbered paragraph is a reference to the paragraph of that regulation bearing that number;
(c) a numbered form is a reference to the form in Schedule 1 bearing that number.