Transfers to higher levels of security

More secure accommodation is available in regional medium secure unit or national high secure facilities.

The Consultant responsible for the patient will make the necessary referrals for assessment.


  • Hospital managers will arrange the appropriate transport for the patient once transfer to another unit is agreed:
  • For patients detained under the criminal procedures act this is arranged through GeoAmey;
  • Patients detained under the Mental Health Act may be require specialist transfer services from a private provider. This requires the approval of the general manager, or appointed deputy.
  • Patient transfer to a higher level of security should occur within 24hours of being accepted by the receiving service.

Editorial Information

Last reviewed: 28/05/2021

Author(s): Julia Ferrari, Joe McGhee, Duncan Westall, William McFadden, Heather Tainsh , Susan Sutherland, Marie White , Anne Cook, Justin McNicholl, Douglas Armstrong, Dr Nabila Muzaffar, Dr Stuart Affleck, Dr David Cumming, Andrew Angus, Jackie Maher, Rose Mills, Vincent Hughes.