We have a range of services that support people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Often it can be managed by changes in lifestyle, diet, having social/ family relationships for support, as well as attending support groups. For a proportion of people, in addition to this, they may need ADHD medication to help with attention, concentration or feeling less physically or mentally ‘on the go’.

There is currently a global shortage of some of these ADHD medications however this is being closely monitored by the Department of Health to ensure supply returns as soon as possible.

We are working closely across health and social care in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to ensure patient safety is at the heart of how we approach this. We want to ensure that we are supporting our existing patients and providing further information and advice for those who are on our waiting lists.

Because of the steps we have been taking, we can now provide current and new patients with Methylphenidate. There are still limited supplies of certain doses and of other medication such as Lisdexamfetamine. However availability is changing all of the time and we will update you when supplies become more steadily available.

We appreciate this will be worrying for those who are affected. The below information may be helpful for you.

  • If you are currently receiving medication through our services, please continue to liaise with your specialist and we will continue to support and advise you.
  • If you are currently on our waiting list, waiting to be seen for an appointment for us to prescribe new ADHD medication, we will be in contact with you to advise on next steps. Please note this does NOT affect new appointments for diagnosis.
  • If you are receiving medication from your GP please contact your GP or local community pharmacy to advise and support you.
  • If you are receiving your medication from a private provider please contact them for further advice and support.

Find out more information about living with ADHD.

We understand that this can be a worrying time, however please be respectful at all times when speaking to a member of our team, who will do their best to help you. Any form of abuse, verbal or online, of our staff is unacceptable and we adopt a zero-tolerance approach.

If you feel like you are struggling with your mental health, please take a look through our supporting information: Mental health support – Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (leicspart.nhs.uk)