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Adult Autism Diagnostic Service – Information for referrers

Information for referrers for the adult autism diagnostic services for people living in the Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside.

  • What is the Adult Autism Diagnostic Service?

    The service provides assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders in adults living within the boundaries of our Foundation Trust.

    The service does not provide ongoing support and advice for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders within this area.

  • Who should I refer?

    Consider referral for assessment for possible autism when an adult’s life is significantly affected by one or more of the following:

    • Persistent difficulties with interpersonal
    relationships
    • Persistent difficulties in communicating with
    people socially
    • Resistance to change or restricted interests

  • Exclusion criteria?

    The following groups are not appropriate for our service:

    • Children

  • Who can refer to the service?

    There is an open referral system. We accept self-referrals as well as referrals from health or education professionals. Please ensure that the individual is aware of and consenting to the referral.

  • How can I refer someone to the Adult Autism Diagnostic Service?

    You can telephone the Autism Diagnostic Team on 0191 287 6250 to request a referral form.

    We also have an electronic referral form (link above) which can be completed and emailed to Autism@cntw.nhs.uk
    Please note that information sent to the Trust via email is sent at your own risk.

    If you would prefer to complete a written referral, completed forms can be returned to:
    Autism Diagnostic Team
    Keegan Court,
    Grassbanks,
    Gateshead,
    NE10 8DX.

  • What happens after I submit a referral?

    The referral will be discussed at the weekly referral meeting. We may contact you for more details. You will receive confirmation of our acceptance or rejection of the referral by post.

  • Where can I find out more information?

    You can find more information about Autism on the following web sites:

    • The National Autistic Society: National Autistic Society

    • NHS Choices: NHS Choices website

  • What if I have a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint about the service?

    If you would like to make a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint we would ask that you contact us in the first instance.

    You can also complete a feedback form which is available from the Trust
    • You can complete a feedback form electronically by visiting the Trust Website www.cntw.nhs.uk (click on the ‘Contact Us’ tab)
    • Or telephone: Complaints Department Telephone: 0191 246 6672

  • How do I contact the service?

    Adult Autism Diagnostic Service
    Keegan Court,
    Grassbanks,
    Gateshead,
    NE10 8DX.

    Telephone: 0191 287 6250

    Website: www.cntw.nhs.uk