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Children's Outpatients Department

Important: ADHD Medication Shortages 2023:

Information for children, young people, and families / carers

At the moment there are problems with the availability and supply of a range of medication used to treat ADHD. There are supplies of medication coming in, but this is changing every day.

At present, it is expected this will remain the situation for supply until start of January 2024.

For now, please continue with the medication you/ or your child has been prescribed.

  1. Please order repeat medication from your GP with at least 14-days supply left of medication.
  2. Check with your usual pharmacy if they have the medication or they can order it in when you give the prescription to the GP.
  3. If your pharmacy cannot source your usual medication: -
  4. a. Contact other local pharmacies to see if they have any available stock.

Where medication or a particular strength of medication is not available, contact your GP or prescribing clinician to discuss other options available.

For further information or for information to pass onto your child’s educational setting please call the Community Paediatric team on 01604 544264

In order to protect our patients, parents and staff as far as we can from the risk of Coronavirus, as of today, 23 March 2020, we have cancelled all children’s outpatient appointments.  We will be contacting you in due course to make alternative arrangements.  As you will appreciate, we are very busy so please don’t attempt to contact us as we don’t have the capacity to deal with incoming calls. If you have any immediate concerns about your child please contact you GP in the first instance.

Contact details

Telephone 01604 545290
Fax: 01604 544645

Children’s Outpatients Department
Northampton General Hospital

Opening Times: Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm.

How to find us

Children’s outpatients is located in area K (outpatients building). The nearest car parks are 3 and 4. Disabled car parking is available.

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The children’s outpatients department offers a suitable environment for children and their families to attend appointments. Play is provided for children and young people of all ages. A separate area is allocated for adolescents.

We accept referrals from GPs and other health professionals for children and young people up to the age of 19.

All paediatric outpatients are seen in the department.

Clinics are held by acute and community paediatricians in general paediatrics and in some sub-specialities such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, epilepsy, endocrinology and functions such as the shoe clinic.

We also arrange for visiting specialists from tertiary centres to hold local clinics.

Psychology and mental health outpatient appointments also held in children’s outpatients.

Children’s pre-op assessments take place in this area.

About the team

The department is run by Children’s Outpatients Manager- Sue Astrop and is staffed with health care assistants, nursery nurses and admin staff.

Sue-Astrop-Cropped-115x173Sue Astrop

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