Informal patients may discharge themselves at any time. Patients detained under compulsory orders may be discharged when their ‘Section’ expires, or prior to this at the discretion of the Responsible Clinician. The patient’s nearest relative may apply to discharge a detained patient by giving 72 hours notice in writing to the Hospital Managers. This notice can be overruled by the Responsible Clinician, if, in their opinion the patient, if discharged, would be likely to act in a manner dangerous to themselves or others.
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