"Waiting time for a referral"
About: Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust / Child and adolescent mental health Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust Child and adolescent mental health DA2 7WG
Posted by Patience Patient (as ),
My daughter has suffered with night terrors and sleep walking since she was 3. They started just after her tonsillectomy. I took her to my GP after about 6 months of terrifying nights, finding her on her window sill; under a chest of drawers that she had pulled on top of her; holding a large wall mirror which she had managed to dislodge. I was so worried that she would seriously hurt herself.
My GP told me it was post traumatic stress and that she would get over it within a year. About two years later, with little improvement to her night's sleep, I returned. I was advised that I should waken her a various agreed intervals to try to prevent the cycle. We tried this but to no avail, she would still wake up a couple of hours after going into a deep sleep.
I returned to my doctor again and was told that she really would grow out of it. She didn't. So in April this year, aged 7 and 3/4, I took her again. I finally was advised by my GP that he thought a referral (to Phoenix CRC) would be beneficial. The waiting time I was told, would be around 4-6 weeks. I phoned every two weeks from 6 weeks and finally lost patience and requested the surgery to send the referral again. I then managed to get somewhere and 5 months post referral we have a date!
Only five years in the waiting!