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Patients' Rights: Form 1 - Are you in hospital for a psychiatric assessment?

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When can a doctor sign a Form 1?

A doctor can sign a Form 1 if he or she:

  • has examined you in the past 7 days, and
  • believes that you need to be in the hospital for a psychiatric assessment because of the reasons listed in the Mental Health Act.

A doctor can sign a Form 1 at a psychiatric hospital or somewhere else, such as the doctor's office, your home, or a general hospital.