Patients' Rights: Form 1 - Are you in hospital for a psychiatric assessment?
What happens after a doctor signs a Form 1?
If you are not already at a psychiatric hospital, the Form 1 gives anyone the right to take you there. For example, the police or your family could take you.
A doctor at the psychiatric hospital will assess you. After the assessment, one of the following things will happen:
- the doctor can let you leave the hospital,
- the doctor can let you stay in the hospital voluntarily, which means that you can choose to stay or to leave, or
- the doctor can put you on a Form 3 before the Form 1 runs out. This makes you an "involuntary patient" and you will have to stay in the hospital.