If you need to be admitted to hospital, it can be either to a psychiatric ward of a general hospital or to a psychiatric hospital. There are both closed wards, which are locked around the clock, and open wards, which are appear more similar to general hospital wards.
A psychiatric ward and a psychiatric hospital:
- makes diagnoses
- treats and prevents mental and developmental disorders and illnesses
- treats children, adolescents and adults
To be admitted to a psychiatric ward you need a referral from your doctor or a specialist.
In addition, in very exceptional circumstances it may be necessary to admit people who do not wish to be admitted (involuntary admission), just as coercion may be used during admission.
Involuntary admission and coercive measures, such as the use of fixation or coerced medication, can only be used at a psychiatric hospital if the patient is insane or suffers from a similar condition. Involuntary admission to a psychiatric ward or hospital also requires that the patient will otherwise not be cured, that the mental health of the patient will otherwise not significantly improve, or that the patient will impose a threat to himself or others.