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Becoming a named person for someone detained in hospital

If someone you care about becomes unwell they may need to be detained in hospital (also known as 'sectioned') under the Mental Health Act.

If this happens, they can choose to nominate a 'named person'. The named person can help them be involved in and understand decisions about their care and treatment.

A named person has the right:

  • to be in discussions about care options
  • to be consulted when certain things happen
  • to be told about a change of circumstance
  • to get copies of certain records or information
  • to make applications or appeals to the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland
  • to give permission for two medical examinations to take place at the same time
  • to ask for the ill person's needs to be assessed

Visit the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland website for more information on what happens if you become a named person.

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