Rudi’s wait for service meeting
OVER the past 18 months, Rudi’s parents, his GP and staff at St Malachy’s have all referred him to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) on several occasions.
But CAMHS repeatedly refused to see Rudi on the basis he did not ‘fit the criteria.’
Carl and Claire say they were told in person they would have to wait until he was aged six before he would be seen.
That appears to be true as CAMHS offered an appointment three days after Rudi turned six in December.
A spokesperson for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH), part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, said: “If a child is referred that does not meet clinical guidelines for our services, families are always signposted to the most appropriate and successful alternative intervention for their age and circumstances.”