Interim hospital order

An 'interim hospital order' is a temporary hospital order made under s38 in the case of person convicted of an imprisonable offence other than murder, where there is evidence that it may be appropriate for a hospital order under s37 to be made.

It can last for a maximum initial period of 12 weeks, and can be extended 28 days at a time up to a maximum of 12 months.

The section cannot be ended except by the court and there is no right of application to the MHT. The Consent to Treatment provisions apply (see s56).