Children's services

ADHD medication shortage

We continue to experience difficulties with the supply of ADHD medication. We know this has caused problems for children, young people and families.

This is a national situation because of global demand, and we have no influence over supplies. Our clinicians do not have any access to medication.

In response to the national alert NHS England have advised us not to start any patients on ADHD medication until the supply issue this is resolved. We continue to accept referrals, but you may need to wait a bit longer for your appointment.

If you are already on medication, request your repeat prescription in plenty of time. This will give your pharmacy more time to try to find supplies. Alternatively, you may want to ring individual pharmacies to ask if they have stocks of the medication you need. This could mean contacting several pharmacies, which we know is frustrating and time consuming. We are unable to contact pharmacies for you because it would stop us spending time with children in clinic.

We do not know when supplies will return to normal levels. We currently expect the disruption to last until at least April 2024.

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Our vision (what we want to become)

We will be a compassionate and collaborative service that puts the children, young people, and families of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly at the heart of everything we do, to support their developmental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

Our mission (what we represent)

To empower the children and families of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly by working together with them and local communities to ensure that every child has a chance to reach their potential.

Our values (what we believe in)

We will:

  • listen to you and make sure you are heard
  • work together
  • put you at the centre of all we do
  • help you to feel safe with us
  • celebrate difference

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