What happens if I am recalled to hospital?
If you are recalled to hospital, firstly you must be given notice in writing. This can either be sent to you in the post or be given to you in person. Here is the form that would be used: form for England or form for Wales.
You can either go to the hospital yourself or you could be taken to hospital by the police or ambulance. You can also ask that someone comes with you.
Once you are back in hospital, they will complete a form: see the form for England or form for Wales. This makes a note of the time your detention started.
You can be kept in hospital for up to 72 hours. Your responsible clinician will see you and decide what the next steps are. You can be forced to have treatment if your responsible clinician thinks that you need it. Your responsible clinician can then decide to either release you back to the community on the CTO or decide that you need to stay in hospital.
If you need to stay in hospital, your CTO will be revoked and you will be detained on your original section. An approved mental health professional will need to agree to this and a form will be completed: see form for England or form for Wales.
See our information on sectioning to find out about what happens when you are detained in hospital.
This information was published in December 2017. We will revise it in 2019.