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MENTAL HEALTH ACT 2009 - SECT 52

52—Visits to and inspections of treatment centres

        (1)         Subject to this Division, each treatment centre

            (a)         must be visited and inspected at least once in every 2 month period by 2 or more community visitors; and

            (b)         may be visited at any time by 2 or more community visitors.

        (2)         The Principal Community Visitor may, at any time, visit a treatment centre alone.

        (3)         On a visit to a treatment centre under this section, a community visitor must—

            (a)         so far as practicable, inspect all parts of the centre used for or relevant to the care, treatment or control of patients; and

            (b)         so far as practicable, make any necessary inquiries about the care, treatment and control of each inpatient; and

            (c)         take any other action required under the regulations.

        (4)         After any visit to a treatment centre, the community visitors must (unless 1 of them is the Principal Community Visitor) report to the Principal Community Visitor about the visit in accordance with the requirements of the Principal Community Visitor.

        (5)         A visit may be made with or without previous notice and at any time of the day or night, and be of such length, as the community visitors think appropriate.

        (6)         A visit may be made at the request of a patient or a guardian, medical agent, relative, carer or friend of a patient or any person who is providing support to a patient under this Act.



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