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
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
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