Explains your rights if you're having treatment in hospital as an informal patient.
How to find an advocate
If you're in hospital, you can also contact the:
In some situations, you may be legally entitled to the support of an advocate. For more information, see our page on your legal rights to advocacy.
Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Regulates and inspects health and social care services in England.
Civil Legal Advice (CLA)
Can tell you if you're eligible for legal aid, and give you free and confidential legal advice if so.
Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW)
Independent regulator for healthcare in Wales, where you can make complaints and provide feedback.
Professional association for solicitors in England and Wales. Includes a searchable directory of solicitors.
This information was published in October 2022. We will revise it in 2025.
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