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Emergency admissions for assessment at All Saints Hospital

  • David J. Fox (a1)
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During 1991, only 0.54% of all admissions to All Saints Hospital (ASH) were under section 4 of the 1983 Mental Health Act (MHA) (England & Wales), representing 2.63% of all admissions under the MHA. These figures compare favourably with other published studies. This paper looks at possible reasons for these low figures and reports on an audit of those few admissions against the criteria laid down in the MHA.

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Department of Health (1990) Code of Practice, the 1983 Mental Health Act. HMSO. Pp. 7273.
Puri, B. K. & Bermingham, D. F. (1990) High rate of Section 4 admissions: clinical implications and possible explanation. Psychiatric Bulletin, 14, 2122.
Webster, L., Dean, C. & Kessel, N. (1987) Effect of the 1983 Mental Health Act on the management of psychiatric patients. British Medical Journal, 295, 15291532.
Winterson, M. J. & Barraclough, B. M. (1984) Effect of 1983 Mental Health legislation on compulsory admissions to a district general hospital. Lancet, ii, 44.
Winterson, M. J. & Barraclough, B. M. (1985) Effects of 1983 Mental Health Act. Lancet, ii, 1426.
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Emergency admissions for assessment at All Saints Hospital

  • David J. Fox (a1)
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