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Nearest relative's right to receive information

The Act sets out the information which the nearest relative is entitled to receive unless the patient requests otherwise. The following is a brief summary (further details are in the sections themselves):

  • Under s132 the hospital must ensure the patient understands his detention and Tribunal rights, and the hospital must also give a copy of any written information to the nearest relative.
  • Section 132A contains similar provisions for CTO patients.
  • Under s133 the hospital must inform the nearest relative about the patient being discharged.