916. Visiting and examination of patients with a view to discharge.

For the purpose of advising as to the exercise by the nearest relative1 of a patient2 who is liable to be detained or subject to guardianship3 or is a community patient of any power to order his discharge4, any registered medical practitioner or approved clinician5 authorised by or on behalf of the nearest relative may, at any reasonable time, visit the patient and examine him in private