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You can find yourself in hospital from a number of different routes. You may have been sent there by your doctor, by the Community Mental Health Team or you may be there under a section of the Mental Health Act. You are far less likely to be asked to go into hospital now than ten or twenty years ago and even if you do, your stay will probably be a short one.

You may be asked to go into hospital because:

  • Your Care Coordinator wants to be absolutely sure that you have been given the right medication or treatment
  • You are too distressed to be able to cope at home

If you go to hospital under your own free will, you are called a "voluntary patient". Most people in hospital are voluntary patients. If you do not like your treatment, you can leave at any time but it's a good idea to discuss it with the staff first.

For more information on your rights in hospital contact the Advocacy Service North East Wales or telephone 01352 759 332 in Flintshire and Wrexham, CADMHAS on 01745 813 999 in Denbighshire and Conwy, and MHAS on 01248 670 450 for Gwynedd and Anglesey.