History of Attempts to Visit Saeed Dezfouli
20th April 2009
Report provided to mental health legal representative, who was told to wait three weeks to gain approval to visit:
“We've followed this up and contacted the Forensic Hospital.
The position is:
The 3 week period you mentioned can be substantially shortened if requested. In particular, anyone who has been permitted by DCS to visit a patient in the old prison hospital will automatically be permitted to visit the patient in the Forensic Hospital. Although it is not relevant to you because you have been previously approved, the sole criteria they use to assess whether someone should visit is whether the visit is 'in the clinical best interests of the patient'. To determine that, amongst other things they will ask the patient whether they want to see the visitor.
Visits take place from Monday to Sunday. Allotted times are:
9.30 - 10.30
11 - 12
1.30 - 2.30
There are 5 wards and one person is permitted to visit in each ward during each allotment of time.
Once you are approved as a visitor you need to book a time the day before to enable the guards on the front gate to be aware of your intended visit;”