After reviewing our capacity, we have made the decision that we will be able to partially re-open our books towards the end of the summer. We will re-open our books to new patients for our ADHD clinics (diagnostics) and Symptom Control Hours (for management of anxiety, anger or aggression) on 21st August 2023. Please send your enquiry by email on or after this date to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clinic Information in brief:
- Our books are closed for NEW ADHD ENQUIRIES.
- We have limited space in our GENERAL CLINICS and depending on your needs we may have space for an appointment. Please email email@example.com with a brief overview of your concerns and we will be in touch.
- Autism clinics are managed separately and are currently open. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If your child is already in the system and waiting for an ADHD diagnosis or a general clinic appointment, or under our care for ADHD or general clinics, then your child will not be affected by this closure.
- Due to capacity issues, we will not be able to keep a waiting list or contact families when we reopen.
We understand that this is not welcome news, and it has been an incredibly difficult decision to take but the fact is that demand for our services has far outstripped our capacity and we cannot currently offer ADHD appointments in a reasonable timeframe.
If your child is already in the system and waiting for an ADHD diagnosis or a general clinic appointment, or under our care for ADHD or general clinics, then your child will not be affected by this closure.
We do understand that NHS waiting lists are very long for diagnosis of ADHD so we have tried to give some guidance about going forward below.
There are a number of other organisations offering private ADHD diagnosis for children – we are unable to recommend anyone but we would like to offer the following points to think about when you are searching for the right person to diagnose/support your child:
- Please refer to NICE guidelines for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Diagnosis and Management www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng87
- Child Psychiatrists, paediatricians and mental health professionals should have the relevant training to be able to diagnose ADHD, provide treatment and management in accordance with NICE guidelines.
- A paediatrician while assessing for ADHD will be able to look at your child holistically as well.
- For a child to go ahead with medical treatment for ADHD they must have a full cardiac examination. Check that the diagnosing professional is qualified to do so and will do this as part of the diagnosis.