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The Mental Health (Hospital, Guardianship, Community Treatment and Consent to Treatment) (Wales) Regulations 2008

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Provision of information – community patients

22.—(1) As soon as practicable following the recall of a patient under section 17E, the managers of the responsible hospital must take such steps as are reasonably practicable to—

(a)cause the patient to be informed, both orally and in writing, of the provisions of the Act under which the patient is for the time being detained and the effect of those provisions, and

(b)ensure that the patient understands the effect, so far as is relevant to the patient’s case, of sections 56 to 64 (consent to treatment).

(2) Unless the patient requests otherwise, where—

(a)a patient’s period of community treatment is extended pursuant to a report furnished under section 20A (community treatment period), the managers of the responsible hospital must take such steps as are reasonably practicable to cause the person (if any) appearing to them to be the patient’s nearest relative to be informed of that extension as soon as practicable following their decision not to discharge the patient;

(b)by virtue of section 21B(7A) (patients who are taken into custody or return after more than 28 days) a patient’s period of community treatment is extended pursuant to a report furnished under section 21B(2), the managers of the responsible hospital must take such steps as are reasonably practicable to cause the person (if any) appearing to them to be the patient’s nearest relative to be informed of that extension as soon as practicable following their decision not to discharge the patient;

(c)by virtue of section 21B(6A) and (6B) (patients who are taken into custody or return after more than 28 days) a patient’s period of community treatment is extended retrospectively pursuant to a report furnished under section 21B(2), the managers of the responsible hospital must take such steps as are reasonably practicable to cause the person (if any) appearing to them to be the patient’s nearest relative to be informed of that extension as soon as practicable following their receipt of that report.

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