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Liberty means being free to do things you want and live the life you choose.
Some people who live in a hospital or care home are unable to make some decisions about their care and treatment. This is because they lack capacity and need extra care and protection to ensure they don't suffer harm. It may mean restricting their freedom.
Sometimes restrictions have to be placed on people for their own safety. These could range from locking a door to physically restraining someone. At some point the restrictions become known as a deprivation of liberty.
Hospitals and care homes should avoid depriving someone of their liberty. However if it is considered to be in a person's best interests, authorisation must be obtained. A care home applies to the local authority. A hospital applies to the primary care trust.
The local authority or primary care trust must:
There is an appeals process through the Court of Protection|
Discuss this with the hospital or care home. They may explain the issue. If you are still concerned, contact the local authority or primary care trust to ask for a review of the situation.
Bournemouth and Poole Primary Care Trust works with Bournemouth Borough Council. We have a joint Deprivation of Liberty office.
Esther Donald DoLs Manager:
Mike Lynton DoLs Administrator:
01202 451657 / 451874
Or by email:
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