Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
This service provides assessment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for primary school aged children (5 to 11years) who reside in Swale (Sittingbourne and Sheppey). Referrals need to be made by a professional and should include a completed School Information Form (SIF).
Our team is based at Medway Maritime Hospital although clinics are carried out at the Orchards Centre in Sittingbourne and at Sheppey Community Hospital. Initial assessments and medication decisions are made by a doctor within the Community Paediatric team with support from an ADHD Specialist Nurse. We also offer objective computerised testing (Qb tests) if required as part of the comprehensive assessment. We aim to support children with ADHD and their families with treatment and advice, including medication and offer regular clinic reviews.
One of the Community Paediatricians and the Specialist ADHD Nurse offer bi-monthly information sessions for parents to help them to understand their children better. We also provide help and advice to agencies working with families where someone has ADHD, including arranging teaching sessions to school staff or other agencies.
Information on referral to the service is available through your GP or School.
A handbook for Kent families
A handbook has been created by Kent County Council in partnership with the NHS, for Kent families who would like to know more about autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children. It was developed with help from parents and carers of children waiting for an assessment for autism and/or ADHD. You can read and download a copy of it here.
Department of Community Paediatrics
Medway Maritime Hospital
Telephone: 01634 825172/3