Norwich Adult ADHD Clinic

Accessing our service for ADHD assessment/treatment & involving your GP

We actively encourage you to discuss accessing our service with your GP and prefer to receive an initial referral from your GP. This is because your GP is the medical professional responsible for co-ordinating your health care and their involvement helps to ensure that professionals can communicate to maintain best practice. When referring to us, your GP can provide relevant clinical information to inform our treatment approach. We request your permission to send clinical letters to your GP following appointments to keep them informed and where necessary to liaise with your GP to prioritise your physical and mental health care. If you are receiving medication for ADHD from us, it is important that your GP is made aware of this as this may interact with other medication or affect your physical health. Please note we may request additional proof of identity before prescribing for patients for whom we have not received a GP referral.

Local General Practitioners are not currently obligated to pick up responsibility for prescribing of medication following private ADHD diagnostic assessments and treatment and therefore we strongly recommend you initially consult with your GP to make sure they are satisfied with our service’s credentials and would be willing to take over prescribing of ADHD medication once stabilised.

Anchor Psychiatry Group has been well established in Norfolk and Waveney for the past 8 years. All 4 partners are Consultant Psychiatrists, each with a minimum of 10 years’ experience at Consultant level and all have extensive clinical experience with the diagnosis and management of all aspects of adult mental health at secondary care level as well as specific training and expertise in the diagnosis and management of ADHD in adults, both within the NHS and in private practice. Our comprehensive adult ADHD assessments include pre-assessment screening and a detailed assessment report is provided to you and with your agreement to your GP. Our treatment packages ensure that we can provide responsive care suited to your needs.

Our ADHD packages

Please note that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the majority of our assessment and review appointments are currently undertaken via video consultation.

ADHD Adult Assessment Package

£450

This is for adults who have suspected ADHD and have not previously been diagnosed with ADHD by a Psychiatrist.

Includes:

  • Pre-assessment ADHD screening/analysis
  • Comprehensive diagnostic assessment with an experienced Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Assessment includes consideration of co-morbid mental/physical health issues
  • If you do not meet diagnostic criteria for ADHD, the Consultant will explain why and discuss other relevant diagnoses and make treatment recommendations if clinically indicated
  • Detailed assessment report (copy to patient and GP)

What is not included:

  • Treatment for ADHD

Adult ADHD Treatment Initiation & Stabilisation Package

£300

This is for adults wishing to commence medication who have been diagnosed with ADHD by one of our Consultant Psychiatrists.

NB If you have previously accessed another service and been diagnosed with ADHD and wish to discuss starting treatment with us you will still require an initial assessment appointment with us, this may be subject to a discounted rate depending on individual factors (please see section below: Adult ADHD assessments for those with a previous diagnosis and evidence of assessment).

Includes all of the following within a 3 month period:

  • Initial consultation to discuss treatment options, monitoring requirements and potential side effects
  • Provision and postage of private prescriptions as required
  • Email correspondence with your Consultant as required to communicate regarding response to medication and side effects
  • Up to 1 further treatment review
  • Final letter to your GP to confirm your medication once stabilised and request they take this over (providing they have agreed to this, see information above regarding involving your GP)
  • If you remain stable on treatment following this, you will require an annual review which we can provide (see below)

What you will need to do:

  • Check your resting pulse, weight and blood pressure before any ADHD medication can be prescribed and whilst medication is being initiated according to your Consultant’s directions (it is a good idea to consider purchasing a BP monitor for home use as you will need to check this after each medication change and every 6 months when stable – a basic model around £20-£30 is adequate)
  • Keep your Consultant informed as directed regarding your response to medication and any side effects
  • Inform your Consultant at least 7 days before your medication is due to run out

What is not included:

  • Additional review appointments required within the 3-month initiation/stabilisation period i.e. if you require additional review(s) with your Consultant, these will be charged at £150 each. This would usually only be required if you are experiencing problems with tolerating the treatment or more detailed changes are required compared to a regular titration period
  • Consultant input beyond 3 months
  • The cost of any privately prescribed medication. You will need to take the private prescription to a pharmacy and pay the pharmacy directly for the cost of the medication. If your GP takes over the cost at a later stage, this will then reflect the standard NHS prescription charges

ADHD Maintenance and Review Package

£150 every 6 months

This is for patients who have stabilised on their ADHD treatment with our service and are continuing to have this prescribed privately by one of our Consultants (i.e. not via the GP).

Includes the following within a 6-month period:

  • Provision and postage of prescriptions
  • One review appointment every 6 months
  • Letter to GP every 6 months to update on progress and treatment

What you will need to do:

  • Check your resting pulse, weight and blood pressure before any review appointment (it is a good idea to consider purchasing a BP monitor for home use as you will need to check this after each medication change and every 6 months when stable – a basic model around £20-£30 is adequate)
  • Keep your Consultant informed as directed regarding your response to medication and any side effects
  • Inform your Consultant at least 7 days before your medication is due to run out

What is not included:

  • Additional review appointments required within the 6-month treatment period (i.e. if you need to have more than 1 review with your Consultant during this period, this will be charged at £150 for each appointment)
  • Consultant input beyond 6 months
  • The cost of any privately prescribed medication. You will need to take the private prescription to a pharmacy and pay the pharmacy directly for the cost of the medication. If your GP takes over the cost at a later stage, this will then reflect the standard NHS prescription charges

Annual ADHD Treatment Review

£150

For patients stable on regular ADHD treatment prescribed by their GP who require a review of their treatment plan. This involves an appointment to fully review your current treatment, side effects, control of ADHD symptoms and any current mental health issues. A clinic letter will be sent to you and your GP to confirm this has taken place, update on your progress, advise your GP regarding your treatment plan and any adjustments that are required.

Adult ADHD assessments for those with a previous diagnosis/evidence of assessment

£300-£450 depending on individual factors (see below)

This is for adults who may have previously been diagnosed with ADHD in childhood or undergone an assessment as an adult by another service and are now seeking to confirm the diagnosis and/or commence/re-commence treatment. You will need to be seen and reassessed by us in detail for current evidence of ADHD and to consider your recent mental/ physical health as this will affect the advice and treatment plan. If you have evidence of a previous good quality assessment from a medical professional you would need to contact us (via info@anchorpsychiatrygroup.co.uk) in advance to discuss this so we can review your previous records and let you know whether this provides sufficient supplementary information for us to charge at the lower end of the price-range indicated above. We will charge the full £450 assessment fee for people with previous assessments who have very outdated records, without evidence of previous assessments, where assessments lack sufficient detail or are conducted by non-medical professionals.