52A—Visits to and inspection of authorised community mental health
(1) Subject to this
Division, an authorised community mental health facility—
be visited and inspected at least once in every 2 month period by
2 or more community visitors; and
be visited at any time by 2 or more community visitors.
(2) However, the
Principal Community Visitor may visit an authorised community mental health
facility alone at any time.
(3) On a visit to an
authorised community mental health facility, a community visitor must—
far as practicable, inspect all parts of the facility used for or relevant to
the care, treatment or control of patients; and
any other action required under the regulations.
(4) After any visit to
an authorised community mental health facility, 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.