Published on 12, July, 2020
I wonder whether anyone can offer advice about private diagnoses for ASD in adults. I've recently sought a referral from my GP, who informs me that the services in my area are overwhelmed, and that it is likely that it will be at least six months for them to make a decision about whether they would accept a referral, and a significant period of time thereafter to make an initial appointment. I feel that I may be in a crisis before that point. Therefore, I'm considering requesting a private diagnosis.
I've looked at the services listed on this website, but I find it confusing to know what to look for, particularly when the website makes clear that inclusion doesn't indicate recommendation. Also, there is a significant cost involved in some of the bodies I've researched. Is anyone able to offer some advice about points to consider when considering organizations offering a private diagnosis? For example, how I can ensure that the service is bona fide and whether the cost is reasonable.
Yes, it's 'pay or wait', unfortunately. Successive governments have allowed funding for mental health services to wither to the point that they are no longer fit for purpose.
You are aware of " NHS RIGHT TO CHOOSE" which allows private organisation who are under the scheme to diagnose you free of charge thanks to the NHS and the waiting list for their organisation is often…
You are aware of " NHS RIGHT TO CHOOSE" which allows private organisation who are under the scheme to diagnose you free of charge thanks to the NHS and the waiting list for their organisation is often less the three months. Unfortunately they do not provide post autism support and therapy but you can self refer once you have the diagnosis to your local autism services for post autism support.
Thanks Blue, I'd never heard of that. I'll do some research and see if it's available in my area. Given the cost of the diagnosis, it would be a good option if available.