Your responsible clinician and other hospital staff will talk to you about any treatment that you need for your mental disorder. In most cases, you will have to accept their advice.
If it is more than one month since you went onto a community treatment order, special rules apply to medicine and drug treatment for your mental disorder.
If it is more than three months since you first had medicine or drug treatment while you were in hospital or on a community treatment order, you cannot be given any medicine or drug if you say you do not want it, or are too ill to say whether you want it, unless an independent doctor agrees or it is an emergency.
An independent doctor may already have talked to you and said that the treatment is right for you before you were recalled to hospital. If so, the staff can give you that treatment. Otherwise, an independent doctor will be asked to visit you and talk to staff at the hospital who know you. The doctor will talk to you and decide if the treatment is right for you.
This independent doctor is called a SOAD (Second Opinion Appointed Doctor) and is appointed by an independent Commission which monitors how the Mental Health Act is used.
There are different rules for some special treatments, like electro-convulsive therapy (ECT). If the staff think you need one of these special treatments, the rules will be explained to you and you will be given another leaflet.