Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When can I have an appointment?
A: Out-of-hours appointments for private mental health assessment are available within a month from Monday to Thursday after 7pm or at the weekend. Adult ADHD assessments are available within 4 months. Out-of-hours assessments are usually available within a month on Saturday or within a week on Sunday if it is urgent. A private consultation needs to be booked in advance by calling 0800 779 7800. Secure online video consultation (telemedicine) is available via Skype, MS Teams, Google Meet, Zoom, Apple FaceTime, or WhatsApp video, as well as telephone consultation.
Emergency consultations are not routinely available. Call NHS 111 or attend your local Accident and Emergency in the event of a life-threatening emergency. Otherwise see your GP first. Samaritans can also be contacted on 116 123.
Q: Do I need a GP referral requesting a psychiatric assessment?
A: A GP referral prior to initial assessment is preferable, as well as informing your GP of any recommendations for medication and treatment. However, we appreciate that, sometimes, strict privacy, confidentiality, and discretion need to be maintained, and that private patients may not wish to share personal information with their GP. Most of our patients self-refer and many of our patients choose not to have their GP involved for a variety of reasons.
Q: How many sessions will I need?
A: Our patients start to feel better after their initial assessment. Medical and psychosocial recommendations are given about the best course of action for treatment and recovery. Further treatment sessions and psychotherapy may be needed to treat more severe, complex, or long-standing problems. Mild to moderate problems tend to need several treatment sessions, whilst more severe and complex problems may need longer-term psychotherapy and medication for effective recovery and relapse prevention.
Q: How can I pay for my consultation(s)?
A: We accept payment in advance by BACS transfer, cash, or credit/ debit card via PayPal. We also offer payment plans over 1 to 3 months.
For further information please Contact IamPsychiatry.
Please kindly note that private patients need to be able to give their own consent to private psychiatric assessment, psychotherapy, and treatment prior to their initial assessment.
IamPsychiatry reserves the right to refuse to see patients unlikely to benefit from private mental health assessment and treatment.