Frequently Asked Questions

Please go through the FAQs below. If you still have any questions we would be happy to answer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is ADHD Clinics?

ADHD Clinics is an exclusive private specialist health service for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder.

Are your doctors GMC licensed?

All our doctors are GMC licensed and their licenses can be checked at GMC website here.

Are you open during the Covid-19 pandemic?

We continue to serve our patients. ADHD Clinics is an online service, and we are able to assess and treat patients from the comfort of their homes. We can offer evening appointments and also on weekends.

Do I need a GP referral?

A GP referral is desirable, but we can accept self-referrals without a GP letter.

Is the assessment over a phone call?

The new assessment appointments are on zoom video call. The follow-up can be via a phone call.

How long does the assessment appointment take?

The new assessment appointments usually take 1.5 hours. Sometimes it may take longer. Please note that the whole assessment for ADHD can include a review of reports or seeking collateral information outside of the assessment appointment, which may increase the total time for a comprehensive assessment for ADHD.

What preparation do I need for the assessment appointment?

As such, there is no preparation required. Some patients prefer making notes of their problems so that they provide better information at the assessment.

Is the assessment completed in one appointment?

Our psychiatrist tries to complete the assessment in one appointment, but sometimes, depending on the case (rarely), there might be more than one appointment or follow-up appointment or discussion with relatives/friends required.

Does the assessment guarantee an ADHD diagnosis?

Our psychiatrists perform a comprehensive assessment, but an assessment does not guarantee a diagnosis of ADHD.

Does the assessment appointment fee include the cost of prescription?

The fee is for assessment only. If diagnosed and medication treatment is indicated, you will be informed of the same. If you want to start medication, you will need some blood tests and ECG. After which, in the follow-up appointment, the results will be reviewed and medication, if required and agreed, will be discussed. The follow-up appointment fee includes the cost of one prescription.

Does the assessment appointment fee include treatment?

The fee is for assessment only. If diagnosed and medication treatment is indicated, you will be informed of the same. If you want to start medication, you will need some blood tests and ECG. After which, in the follow-up appointment, the results will be reviewed and medication, if required and agreed, will be discussed. The follow-up appointment fee includes the cost of one prescription.

Do I need to travel to ADHD Clinics during this process, or is it all done online?

We pride ourselves in being the only exclusively online ADHD service. All is done online. There is no need to travel, which is a distinct advantage to you. You can access the best of ADHD Clinics from the comforts of your home or office.

How many follow-up appointments on average does a patient need before they can be passed back to GP for treatment and medication?

Generally, it takes about 3-4 follow-up appointments before medication titration is complete. But it cannot be guaranteed, and sometimes it can take longer depending on complexity or medication response. We support Shared Care Arrangements (SCA) with the GP and like to transfer prescribing to the GP.

How long does the full process, including titration, normally take?

Generally, it takes about 1 assessment appointment and if diagnosed with ADHD, 3-4 follow-up appointments before medication titration is complete. But it cannot be guaranteed, and sometimes it can take longer depending on complexity or medication response. We support Shared Care Arrangements (SCA) with the GP and like to transfer prescribing to the GP.

Can I contact you in an emergency?

ADHD Clinics does not provide an out-of-hours or emergency service. For an urgent situation or a medical emergency, please contact your GP, A&E, or dial 999.

Can you send prescriptions abroad?

We are unable to send prescriptions abroad. You need to have a UK address.

I am not from the UK, can you help?

If you are residing in the UK, we can assist. We will need a copy of your passport and GP details.

I was diagnosed with ADHD in a foreign country, can you help?

If you were diagnosed with ADHD in a country with comparable health services like the UK, we would be happy to assist. A copy of the original assessment report and progress reports would be required.

Am I fully discharged once the Shared Care Agreement (SCA) starts?

Once SCA is in place and the GP has started prescribing, we recommend reviews with us ideally on a 6-monthly basis and at least 12 monthly. This is part of the SCA. If something was to change or you want a review earlier, we can always offer a follow-up appointment.

After medication stabilization, would I be able to have my medication prescribed by the NHS?

We are happy to support Shared Care Agreements (SCA) with NHS/GPs, and we like our patients to be discharged to the GP’s care after titration of the medication/clinical stability is achieved. Once SCA starts, we expect GPs to continue prescribing.

Do you offer Shared Care Agreements (SCA) with the NHS?

We are happy to support Shared Care Agreements (SCA) with NHS/GPs, and we like our patients to be discharged to the GP’s care after titration of the medication/clinical stability is achieved.

What is a Shared Care Agreement (SCA)?

A Shared Care Agreement (SCA) is an agreement that outlines the responsibilities for managing the prescribing of a drug shared between the specialist and general practitioner. Patients receiving the medication must be under regular follow-up by the specialist at an agreed frequency or when required by the patient or the GP.

What is the general cost of medications privately?

We do not dispense medications, but from our experience, the cost of different medications varies depending on the pharmacy. Supermarket pharmacies tend to be cheaper. You are advised to check with a few pharmacies before buying.

Can I request a specific medication?

Our consultant psychiatrists work in collaboration with the patients to reach the best desired outcomes. They will take your wishes on board. However, prescriptions for specific medications cannot be guaranteed.

Do you prescribe medications?

Our consultant psychiatrists are able to provide private prescriptions for ADHD medications if indicated and agreed.

Is a follow-up appointment necessary?

A follow-up appointment is booked after a diagnosis has been confirmed and treatment is required. In the follow-up appointment, results of the investigations are reviewed, treatment options are discussed, and agreed. A prescription is sent after. It is not necessary to book a follow-up appointment if you want to initiate treatment, and you may also initiate your treatment with another service, NHS or private.

Does a follow-up appointment fee include the price of medication?

A follow-up appointment includes 1 prescription if indicated and agreed. It also includes postage. However, it does not include the cost of the medication. You pay the pharmacy for the medication/s.