Congratulations for highlighting out-of-area assessments for mental healthcare. This problem is not confined to people needing to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act, writes Linda Davidson
My partner and I have been supporting a friend who was very ill and had abandoned his home in a distant county. After an emergency admission to a London hospital, getting continuing treatment and rehabilitation for alcohol problems became a nightmare.
He could not face a return to the place he had fled from. His "home" trust refused to assess him outside its patch, despite assurances from London mental health professionals that it was obliged to do so and a letter from a London GP confirming that our friend was unable to travel there.
Friends provided bridging funds for private rehabilitation centre care until he could self-fund. Less happily his mental health trust got away with neglecting its obligations.
Linda Davidson, director, E-Health Media