A first appointment lasts about 1.5 to 2 hours in terms of face-to-face contact with me. Follow-up appointments are much shorter, either half an hour, or an hour. Sometimes I need to see only the parents rather than the child in a follow-up, and sometimes I need to see the children rather than the parents!
Most of the treatments that I recommend can be carried out on an outpatient basis. On very rare occasions, I may consider that it is in the patient’s urgent best interest to arrange an inpatient admission to hospital. I cannot and would not wish to do this without full parental consent and in conjunction with a wider medical network such as the family GP.