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Emergency detention

An emergency detention certificate allows a person to be held in hospital for up to 72 hours while their condition is assessed.

It can only take place when recommended by a doctor. Where possible, a mental health officer should also agree to it. 

You should not be given any treatment unless you agree to it, except for urgent treatment. The hospital must ensure an approved medical practitioner examines you as soon as possible.

The hospital should give you information about your stay in hospital and explain your rights. They should also let you know how to get help from an independent advocate. There is no appeal against an emergency detention certificate.

The Scottish Government has produced guides on the Mental Health Act which, although under review, may be helpful to people receiving care and treatment and their carers.

Click here to view the Scottish Government's guides

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