Nurse concerned that an application ought to be made. (The person appears to meet the criteria for detention for assessment)

The nurse is of the opinion that:

  • An application for assessment ought to be made in respect of the patient; and
  • It is not practicable to secure the immediate attendance of a doctor.

What are the criteria for admission for assessment?

Article 4 (2) states that an application for assessment may be made in respect of a patient on the grounds that –

a) He is suffering from mental disorder of a nature or degree which warrants his detention in a hospital for assessment (or for assessment followed by medical treatment); and

b) Failure to so detain him would create a substantial likelihood of serious physical harm to himself or to other persons.