Initial discussion – 90 minutes (includes reading screening tools, clinical interview, writing report, and prescription).
* Although we will aim to complete your assessment in the initial one hour appointment, sometimes it will take longer to allow a full exploration of your symptoms and history in order to make an accurate diagnosis. You can help the consultant by completing all paperwork and questionnaires that you are sent in advance, and by being clear what questions you want to be answered during the appointment. Additional time spent with the psychiatrist is charged at £180 for every further 30 minutes or £6 per minute as outlined in the charges above. Similarly, you may be charged by the minute, for any extra time where communications with you or reviewing notes etc. exceeds what is deemed reasonable, but this is at the discretion of the clinician.
** Most adults become stable on treatment within 4-8 weeks. If a change of medication is needed due to side effects or it not being clinically effective then the titration process can take up to 12 weeks. Children are more likely to take 3 months on average to complete titration. The titration process typically takes 8-12 weeks. This allows your body to adjust to the new medication and find your optimal dose. This means that you will feel maximum treatment effects from your medication with minimum side effects.