Section aaf5(4), Mental Health Act 1983 LCREM(redirected from nurses' holding powers)
Section aaf5(4), Mental Health Act 1983 LCREMA section of the Mental Health Act which allows any authorised psychiatric nurse to use force (for up to 6 hours) to detain a voluntary patient who is taking his or her own discharge against medical advice, if such a discharge would be likely to involve serious harm to the patient (e.g. suicide) or to others. During the 6 hours, the nurse must find the necessary personnel to sign a Section 5(2) application or allow the patient’s discharge.
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