Forensic patients - cross border transfers - EU to UK

Can you tell me the process and the correct forms and department to apply for the transfer via cross borders from a hospital facility in Austria to one in the UK?

A disabled mentally ill friend - at a hospital in Austria for the mentally ill - needs to be near their elderly parent who may be dying soon.

I appreciate this very much.


There is no general procedure for transferring patients detained in hospital outside the UK into the equivalent detention here. If your friend is a UK national and detained in Austria following a criminal conviction then it is possible they could be transferred to a hospital here under the Repatriation of Prisoners Act 1984 - that requires the agreement of both the Austrian and UK authorities and I don’t know if ever happens in practice (if it does it is unlikely to be quick). The advice seems to be to approach the local British Consulate in the first place.


1 Like