View Full Version : Does this seem normal to you?

12-21-06, 06:28 AM
My 4 year old son was referred to a private child psychiatrist through our GP via my DH's work private health cover. However I have been very unimpressed with the service we have received. When we first made an appointment the psych she could only fit us in at 7.30pm. This seemed odd as it was for a 4 year old!! When we arrived obviously my son was off the charts as it was passed his bedroom. She took us into her room which was a normal office and expected the children to just sit down whilst she talked to us. There were no toys in her office and she didn't seem to know how to deal with children. They were fiddling with her papers which were all over the floor (WTF?) and playing with the scales and she kept having to tell them to stop. She seemed really unprofessional and was asking really difficult questions about my son's bad behaviour infront of my son who is very sensitive and understands what we're saying which can't be very good for his self esteem. I really got the impression that she is't a child psychiatrist at all. Do we have a right to ask for another doctor?

She gave us questionnaires that were printed out from a US website center for pediatrics online and that was it! I must admit I was a bit disappointed. I'm also dreading the next appointment. Does all this seem normal to you? I just imagined a completely different scenario with a nice friendly, child psychiatrist in a bright, child oriented playroom etc etc


12-21-06, 07:53 PM
id say unormal slayzer id complaine about it if i was you an go an haeve tests eles were...just not good enough.... good luck.......> dorm

12-23-06, 08:16 PM
I can remeber visits like that from when I was a kid, I'm pretty sure most child psychologists are like that.

12-23-06, 11:29 PM
If you're not satisfied with the person you're seeing, go to another. You are paying for a health service and you deserve value for money. Dont ever think that you have to put up with a crap service

01-21-07, 06:39 PM
I've heard that Britain is as short of medical specialists as we are in Canada, particularly psychiatrists; psychiatrists who are qualified to diagnose ADHD are even scarcer. Before making an appointment with another doctor, you need to ask specific questions about ADHD. Even though it wasn't technically out of my pocket, we wasted the taxpayer's money visiting a psychiatrist who still believes all children grow out of ADHD. Had I known to ask that question, I would have saved us all a lot of time and money.

01-21-07, 08:37 PM
My word,

That sounds to me like a very sub standard set up if you dont mind me being direct.
You have every right to ask about her qualifications, experience with children with behavioural issues and quite frankly sugesting a meeting at that time of night. Wtf, i wouldnt go back (personally speaking . Jess
PS feel to me i know of a place that i had my children diagnosed which is near you and it also takes nhs referals

01-22-07, 09:06 AM
Thanks for your replies. Much appreciated. We got the diagnosis of ADHD at our last appointment last week but we have also decided to get a second opinion through the NHS. I've contacted the local ADHD support network and they have been brilliant and confirmed that the private diagnosis whilst probably being correct hasn't been carried out as well as it could be. Apparantly it can be slow getting a diagnosis through the NHS but the support network said this will be made much quicker/simpler since we already have a health professional supporting the diagnos of ADHD. I suppose only time will tell now.

01-22-07, 10:58 AM
The NHS seems very inconsistent over ADD/ADHD from area to area from what I've read, but there are definitely plenty of good guys around and the situation seems to be slowly improving.