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Court orders transfer of ward to London for specialist medical treatment

By: James Cross BL

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High Court, in wardship proceedings, orders the transfer of a patient to a hospital in London, the United Kingdom for specialist eating disorder treatment, and allows for the possibility of nasogastric tube feeding, on the grounds that there was no possibility of treating her complex situation in Ireland, and there was sufficient evidence before the court that it is necessary that the hospital have the possibility of nasogastric tube feeding.

Wards of Court – application for a woman to be transferred to a specialist hospital in London and that when she is in the specialist hospital that the responsible clinician and other associated persons be permitted to detain her and to treat her - eating disorder treatment - necessary that the Court of Protection of the United Kingdom considers the terms of the Order – not yet a ward - Article 40.3.2 of the Constitution and the power of the Courts to protect the property and person of every citizen - capacity of the respondent – Guardian ad litem – medical evidence - Court concludes that the respondent does not have capacity – best interests of the respondent - hospital admission has not been a success in that they have not been able to achieve a weight restoration and to maintain it – application not opposed but reservations expressed – no possibility of treating her complex situation in Ireland – accepted the respondent for inpatient eating disorder treatment - sufficient evidence before the Court that it is necessary that the hospital have the possibility of nasogastric tube feeding – not satisfied that there is sufficient evidence for feedings tube.

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