In-patient medical treatment1 may be provided either in hospitals2 or in registered establishments3.
Patients4 may be admitted to hospitals and registered establishments either as informal patients5 or compulsorily6. Patients who do not require care and treatment in hospital but who do require other forms of care under compulsory powers, either in the interests of their own welfare or for the protection of other persons, may be placed under the guardianship of the local social services authority or any other person willing to act as guardian7. Patients compulsorily admitted to hospital or received into guardianship may apply or be referred to
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