Dealing with the Suspected Possession of Illegal Substances by Patients Policy and Procedure
The primary aims of this Policy are:
•To provide guidance to staff on the correct course of action if they suspect that a patient or a visitor is in possession of an illegal substance or ‘legal high’ whilst on SHFT property.
•To provide guidance on maintaining patient’s confidentiality as far as is reasonable.
•To clarify actions that staff should take, to protect themselves personally (e.g. from assault by an aggressive patient or visitor) and legally (from litigation by a patient or visitor)