Absconding from the Emergency Department

Why do people, including children and young people, leave A&E refusing assessment treatment? Do they have a mental health condition, are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, do they lack capacity, or are they just impatient? The Royal College of Emergency Medicine has produced a Safety Alert to identify those at risk of absconding and how to encourage them to stay for treatment.

Absconding Safety Alert

Mental Capacity Form

When you need to formally assess and record mental capacity in more complicated cases use the Trust mental capacity form available here (only available from computers on the Trust network).

Guidance on the Mental Capacity Act is available here.

Submitted by Alice Byram

Mental capacity form