Voluntary patients

Admitting voluntary patients

Anyone can seek admission to a hospital for psychiatric treatment. A person admitting themselves to hospital will be classified as a voluntary patient. A voluntary patient can only be given treatment if they agree to it. Private hospitals can only treat voluntary patients.

Leaving the institution

A voluntary patient may leave a hospital at any time or can be discharged by the authorised psychiatrist. However, if staff believe that a voluntary patient who wants to leave meets the criteria for compulsory treatment and detention as an involuntary patient, the patient may be detained under the provisions of involuntary admission.