System admits 10-year diagnostic waits

HSJ reports that Herefordshire and Worcestershire integrated care board board papers  show that adults across the area are facing ‘unacceptable’ 10-year waits for an NHS assessment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the longest known wait for such services in England.

HSJ understands the long waits for ADHD diagnosis, which is a national problem, is predominately affecting adults with approximately 2,000 people on Herefordshire and Worcestershire’s ADHD list alone.

Local provider Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care Trust also warned on its website that its paediatric services were also “experiencing unprecedented demand”.

ICB leaders said the “current trend in increasing referrals indicates that adult patients seeking an ADHD diagnosis could potentially face a wait time of up to 10 years”.

Full story in the HSJ, 19 July 2023