Mental Health Act 2007 No 8
78 Notifications to primary carer of events affecting patients or detained persons
(1) An authorised medical officer of a mental health facility must take all reasonably practicable steps to notify the primary carer of a patient or person detained in the facility if any of the following events occurs:(a) the patient or person is absent from the facility without permission or fails to return at the end of a period of leave,(b) it is proposed to transfer the patient or person, or the patient or person is transferred, to another mental health facility or other facility,(c) the patient or person is discharged from the mental health facility,(d) the patient or person is re-classified as a voluntary patient,(e) it is proposed to apply to the Tribunal for an ECT inquiry under Part 2 or to ascertain whether the patient or person is capable of giving informed consent to electro convulsive therapy,(f) a surgical operation is performed on the patient or person under Part 3,(g) it is proposed to apply to the Director-General or the Tribunal for consent to a surgical operation or special medical treatment under Part 3.(2) The authorised medical officer must give the notice as soon as practicable after becoming aware that the event has occurred.(3) In the case of a proposed transfer, the notice must be given before the relevant order or arrangement is made, except in an emergency.