Patient re-examined by RMO or Part II doctor within 7 days of admission

The patient must be formally re-examined by the RMO or Part II doctor within 7 days of the admission to consider whether the criteria continue to be met.

Can the person receive treatment for his mental disorder during the 14 day assessment period?

Yes, if the person gives his consent to the treatment. The Code states that common law, as it relates to consent to treatment, applies to all patients whether voluntary or detained.

Consent is defined in the Code 5.8 as "the voluntary and continuing permission of the patient for a particular form of treatment to be given, based on an adequate knowledge of its nature, purpose, and likely effects".

Are there any exceptions to this?

Yes. In certain situations patients may be given medical treatment during the assessment period. See Consent to Treatment Chapter.