Better Care

Parents and Carers

ADHD parent

First appointment

At the first appointment, we meet with the child and family and ensure all understand the diagnosis, answer any questions that they may have and provide written information or signposting to other agencies or services as needed.

We also offer medication, particularly where the ADHD is more severe or is causing considerable educational or emotional harm. The team offer a prescribing service, which means that we can issue prescriptions for children in our service for ADHD medications.

Follow-up appointments

Where medication is used, the child will be seen regularly by a nurse who monitors any therapeutic or possible side effects of this, liaises with the school and works with the child and family on agreed outcomes and areas of most concern. 

If medication's not required, a future appointment will still be made. Discussed again are medications and the other options available to you.

Please note:

  • From when the team first receives a referral, it can take up to 12 months for a decision to be made as to whether your child has ADHD or not, please be aware, this is subject to change.
  • There are several elements needed, such as comprehensive assessments to help with diagnosis of ADHD. 
  •  You will only be offered a future follow up appointment if deemed clinically necessary.  The Nurse may signpost you to other services or provide you with the relevant information you require.
  • You may be discharged from our service for more appropriate and tailored care, this will always be discussed with you.

If you are waiting for a new or a follow up appointment and you are concerned about your child’s health please contact your GP. In an emergency, call 111 or 999.