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ADHD Assessment Clinic

    • ADHD Clinic for children aged 6 to 17 years 11 months
    • Diagnosis by Consultant Child Psychiatrist or Consultant Child Clinical Psychologist
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Package cost £1,200 (Under 14's) | £1,000 (Over 14's)

In a fast-paced world brimming with stimuli, maintaining focus and attention can be a challenge for many individuals. For those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), this challenge is taken to a whole new level. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects both children and adults, influencing their ability to regulate attention, impulsivity, and sometimes hyperactivity.

The ADHD Clinical Team at Kingsbridge Hospital can help determine its symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and propose management strategies that allow individuals with this condition to excel.

Defining ADHD

ADHD is characterised by a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with daily functioning or development. It's important to note that ADHD exists on a spectrum, and individuals may experience varying degrees of symptoms. There are three subtypes of ADHD:

  1. Predominantly Inattentive Presentation: Individuals with this subtype struggle primarily with maintaining attention and organisation. They may seem forgetful, have difficulty following instructions, and often overlook details.
  2. Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation: This subtype is marked by hyperactivity and impulsivity. Individuals may fidget, interrupt others frequently, and struggle with patience. Children with this subtype are often perceived as "always on the go."
  3. Combined Presentation: This subtype includes symptoms of both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity, which is the most common presentation of ADHD.

Symptoms and Challenges

The symptoms of ADHD can manifest differently based on age, individual personality, and subtype. In children, ADHD might present as difficulty sitting still, frequent forgetfulness, impulsiveness, difficulty with organising tasks, and challenges in following instructions. Adolescents and adults may experience restlessness, difficulty managing time, forgetfulness, difficulty with organisation, and impulsiveness that can affect relationships and work performance.

Individuals with ADHD often face challenges in various aspects of life, including academics, work, relationships, and personal organisation. These difficulties can lead to low self-esteem, frustration, and even mood disorders.

Causes and Neurobiology

The exact causes of ADHD are complex and not entirely understood, but a combination of genetic, neurological, and environmental factors likely contribute to its development. Studies have shown that certain genes related to brain function and neurotransmitter regulation are associated with an increased risk of ADHD. Neurobiologically, ADHD is linked to imbalances in the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine, which play crucial roles in attention, motivation, and impulse control.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosing ADHD involves comprehensive assessments by Consultant Clinical Psychology & Consultant Psychiatry. The process typically includes interviews with the individual and their family, gathering information about symptoms across different settings, and ruling out other possible explanations for the behaviours.

Effective management strategies for ADHD often involve a multimodal approach, including:

  1. Behavioural Therapy: This type of therapy aims to help individuals develop coping strategies, organizational skills, and improved impulse control.
  2. Lifestyle Adjustments: Creating structured routines, setting up reminders, maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise, and ensuring adequate sleep can significantly improve symptoms.
  3. Supportive Environment: Providing a supportive and understanding environment at home, school, or work is crucial for individuals with ADHD to thrive.
  4. Medication: Stimulant medications, such as methylphenidate and amphetamine-based drugs, are commonly prescribed to manage symptoms. These medications enhance neurotransmitter activity in the brain, improving attention and impulse control.

ADHD Pathway For Children at Kingsbridge Hospital (per NICE Guidelines)

Requirements Prior To Assessment

  • Referral from GP outlining concerns consistent with need for ADHD assessment
  • A recent school report or school summary of difficulties, available for first appointment or with referral
  • Aged 6 to 17 years 11 months.

Diagnostic Pathway

Diagnosis is carried out by a Consultant Child Psychiatrist or a Consultant Child Clinical Psychologist ‘in conjunction with medical assessment by Consultant Paediatrician’ (for patients 14 & under) and involves:

1. Initial Consultation- *(A decision will be made on the rest of the pathway based on the initial (1 hour) appointment)

  • A full clinical & psychosocial assessment, which will include all symptoms and behaviours in the different settings in the child’s life AND
  • A full developmental (including neurodevelopmental), family and mental health history.
  • If evidence suggests ADHD assessment to be pursued, Connors’ Parent and Teacher Rating Scales will be sent to parents to be completed and sent back to the clinic within 3 weeks of the first appointment.
  • If evidence suggests ADHD is NOT the correct pathway, the Consultant will charge for the initial consultation ONLY and a summary letter will be provided outlining reasons for decision.

2. Connors Forms Scored & Analysed- Both forms will be scored and analysed before the third appointment (1 HOUR)

3. Medical Assessment by a Consultant Paediatrician (cost £200 – this is included within the total £1,200 package cost).

  • For patients over 14 years old no paediatric assessment is required.

4. Third Assessment Session Child And Parents (45/60 MINS)- the third session, approximately 4-6 weeks after the initial, will involve a short interview and direct observation of the child by the Consultant. In addition, final clarification questions will be addressed with parents before giving the conclusion of the assessment- an ADHD diagnosis or not. Brief information will be provided for next steps including support services and future medication (*please note medication is NOT the first line of intervention).

5. A Comprehensive Report will be provided of the assessment results and brief recommendations, sent to GP and parents.

ADHD Assessment & Diagnosis Package Price

  • For patients 14 years and under the ADHD Package Cost is £1,200, which includes the Consultant Paediatrician Medical Assessment and QB Check
  • For patients over 14 years the ADHD Package Cost is £1.000

Additional Intervention Services

  1. The Consultant Clinical Psychologist can offer further session(s) for parent; advice/support for their child following diagnosis.
  2. The Consultant Paediatrician along with the Consultant Child Psychiatrist can offer further appointments to consider medication once other interventions are in place, but symptoms are still causing a persistent significant impairment in at least one domain.

Patient Testimonials

"Thank you for the very professional and prompt service we have received throughout the ADHD assessment process."

If you would like to book an appointment or require further information on the available options, please do not hesitate to contact our private patient booking team via our online enquiry form.

Alternatively, email Kingsbridge Private Hospital

Treatment Locations

Kingsbridge Private Hospital

811-815 Lisburn Road, Belfast, BT9 7GX

Healthcare Professionals & Consultants

Dr Kerry Sweeney

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Catherine Gillanders

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

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Patient Testimonials

"I am extremely happy with the treatment, and with the standard of care I have received. There is no doubt as to whether this treatment is highly effective. I have had several cosmetic surgeries (although not on my face) but can say in comparing the results of the Spring Thread procedure with other less invasive treatments, the results are more in keeping with the surgical procedures I have had." Spring Thread Patient Review, Cosmetech at Kingsbridge Patient
"I had surgery here at the weekend and I can't recommend this place highly enough. They took great care of me and kept me at ease throughout my stay. The staff were brilliant, really friendly and chatted away and the food was top class. This hospital was better than any hotel I wonder could I book a weekend away in it when I fully recover?" Mr McGinnity, Kingsbridge Patient
"EXCELLENT - Had surgery today under the very caring Dr Stewart and her team. I cannot thank her enough for all she’s done for me over the past few months. Everything was explained to me in detail and all my care was considerate, professional and compassionate. Everyone I’ve met today has been beyond kind from Will the Anaesthetist, the Nurses and theatre staff, the catering staff - there has been no exception. Thank you all for taking care of me so well today - look forward to getting home tomorrow x" Mrs McAleavey, Kingsbridge Patient
"Hospital spotless and clean.   Staff were so caring couldn’t do enough for me and made sure I was comfortable. Give the place 10 out of 10. Had surgery yesterday and treatment was first class" Ms Demirtas, Kingsbridge Patient
"Their service was excellent and convenient location!" Ms Kneale, Kingsbridge Patient
"Just received surgery at this hospital and I couldn't have been made to feel any more comfortable from the minute I stepped in until the minute I left. All the staff are wonderful and so friendly I will highly recommend this hospital to everyone" Ms McGivern, Kingsbridge Patient
"Had eye surgery here twice for cataracts and lens replacement. Super smooth service from start to finish. Very happy" Ms Jones, Kingsbridge Patient
"As hospitals go this one is pretty amazing! Had surgery with Mr Molloy at the end of October and have another one the end of this month. Mr Molloy is a gentleman who puts you at ease right away and ensured my last procedure went smoothly! From start to finish all the hospital staff go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable and stress free as possible. The facilities are brilliant with the rooms spacious and modern to recover in. Keep up the good work!" Ms Roulston, Kingsbridge Patient
"My mother had a total hip replacement surgery. We stayed for three days and were discharged today. Honestly, words can't describe the quality of the job and care they do. The doctors Roger Wilson, Sherman, David, the nurses Susan, Sinead, Siobhan, Andrea, the catering staff who provided customised halal food, and the remaining team whose names I cannot remember were the kindest, nicest, politest, the most caring, professional and pleasant people we have ever come across in healthcare environment. These are true gems and real stars. We are indebted to their treatment.
They are 7 star people. We love you!" Mr Yourish, Kingsbridge Patient
"Great friendly staff the nurses go way and beyond.  The hospital is spotless, and the service is second to none." Ms Croke, Kingsbridge Patient
"Currently just back from recovery on the ward. I have just had ACL reconstructive surgery on my left knee. What can I say? This place is brilliant. I arrived at 8.35am, taken to the ward at 8.45am (my admission time was 9am). Tended to by a lovely Nurse. Dr Roger Wilson spoke to me around 9.45am, in Theatre for 10am, recovery for 11.10am and now currently back on ward. These guys are awesome. From the consultant to anaesthetist to nurses to cater assistants. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much. I am so grateful to everyone at Kingsbridge for the service." Mr McNicholl, Kingsbridge Patient
"I just had a total hip replacement done by Mr Molloy.  He made me feel totally at ease (a real gentleman). I had 1st class treatment and as for the staff they couldn’t do enough for me. My experience was excellent from the time I arrived until the day I left for home. Thanks a million to all involved." Miss Bennett, Kingsbridge Patient
"Excellent experience with Kingsbridge Hospital, my dad had a day procedure here recently and not only did he receive fantastic care, but so did myself and my mum. The staff were so understanding and without saying anything could see I was looking after my mum also who has dementia, they went above and beyond to make the time spent waiting on my Dad as pleasant and stress free as possible, I will never forget the extra mile they went to, to support us. Many thanks x" Ms Forde, Kingsbridge Patient
"I have just been discharged from Kingsbridge today after surgery and was in for 3 days. From start to finish my experience was excellent. From catering staff up to senior nurses and doctors they were all fantastic and made my stay a positive experience. As a nurse myself I probably have high expectations of care and I certainly experienced the best of care in Kingsbridge who have staff they should be proud off.  Great teamwork." Ms Armstrong, Kingsbridge Patient
"I recently had my gall bladder removed. All of the staff I had to deal with were excellent and professional. It was the best treatment I have ever received." Ms Burrows, Kingsbridge Patient
"I got my tonsils out yesterday, all the staff were so pleasant and nothing was too much for them. I really did receive one to one care. They just had so much time for me. The food was lovely and the staff from the kitchen where first class. Glad I received my surgery here." Miss Wright, Kingsbridge Patient
"The service and staff are first class.  Had my cataract operation done on the 20th of January and I would like to thank all the staff of this fantastic hospital for giving me my life back.  You are all a credit to your profession.  Excellent service and I would highly recommend you.  Once again thank you so much and I am truly grateful to you all." Mr Doolan, Kingsbridge Patient
"Amazing 5-star hospital.  Have had other surgery here before on my back.
Yesterday's was a neck disc replacement operation.  I would highly recommend this hospital like a hotel manner. Thanks again guys." Mr Phillips, Kingsbridge Patient
"I recently got an MRI scan at Kingsbridge and was very impressed with how simple the process was and how little time I had to wait. The staff were friendly, and it was an all-round pleasant experience." Mr Sharkey, Kingsbridge Patient
"Can’t praise Kingsbridge Private Hospital enough!! I had an operation a couple of weeks ago and I was so well looked after. My surgeon Mr Rashid was fantastic, and the nursing staff was also fabulous. I found they communicated very well to each other, so everyone knew when my meds were due, my allergies etc. They were so kind, so lovely, constantly checked to see how I was i.e. my temperature etc. The food was fabulous and the catering staff very helpful having had an operation were very happy to accommodate ... Thank you to all!" Ms Cheong, Kingsbridge Patient
"Staff very friendly and very efficient. Surgeon and surgery top class. Big thanks to the Nurses for all their care and patience" Mr Howard, Kingsbridge Patient
"I was in your facility yesterday for a day procedure (operation on my left arm). I wanted to write and express how impressed I was with the facilities and more importantly the staff on the Ward.

Everyone was excellent, and I mean excellent, i don't normally write congratulatory e-mails so this is high praise in my view. The Senior nurse was excellent, as was the Theatre nurse and the anaesthetist. Even the assistants that helped with catering and other duties. All came together to form a great impression of the establishment." Jason Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Kingsbridge Patient
"Very well satisfied with everyone at my appointment - firstly with reception who were very friendly and helpful, secondly with Mr Cusick who took his time to explain everything to me and finally One2One with Rose who organised the dates for my pre op and operation. I would highly recommend Kingsbridge Private Hospital." Patient Review, Orthopaedic Clinic
"When I attended Kingsbridge Private Hospital on the 14th May for a knee replacement the care I got was fantastic from entering the door until I was discharged on the 16th May. The surgeon Mr Laurence Cusick and his team was absolutely fantastic, the nurses and the rest of the team you couldn’t ask for better and the food was very good" Paitent Review , Knee Replacement Clinic
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