Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Frequently Asked Questions
Q – What facilities are available in inpatient care?
A – CAP (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) is a
40 bedded centre with general wards and 10 special rooms (single room facility). In a special room the
child can stay with two relatives in an individual room. In general ward the child can stay with one
relative. Families are provided with the facility to cook in the ward during particular times of the day.
An electric stove is provided. Other utensils need to be brought by the family.
Children are expected to follow a routine during the day. They will be engaged in activities such
as exercise, games, yoga, drawing and colouring, clay modeling and singing. Academics will be
attended to in a classroom. Younger children with developmental disorders will also be engaged in
activities. An occupational therapy and physiotherapy room is available where an occupational
therapist will explain the inputs.
Q – Is a referral letter always necessary?
A - No, it is not mandatory. Since the process of
waiting to get a screening slip in the general queue may take longer time, a referral letter may
make this time shorter at the counter for referral letters.
Q – What is the Average time taken for consultation
A – We serve on "first come first serve" basis,
so you may have to bear with the waiting time. This entire process will take between 2 to 6 hours.
Kindly bring along some toys/ books/ objects of comfort and food to keep the child occupied and
comfortable during this waiting period.
Q - Which days can we bring a child for
A – You need to bring your child to OPD for
consultation irrespective of whether you are coming for the first time or for a follow-up/ review.
Please follow this link (Link to OPD services) to understand which days you can bring your child.
There are also emergency/ casualty services available for 24 hrs in case of emergencies.
Q – Whom to contact for an appointment?
A – Generally it is a ‘walk-in’ consultation
for the new patients in the screening OPD. However, for further details you can call our receptionist,
Ms. Shakuntala, on +91-80- 26995340 (between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M.) on any working day.
Q – Do psychiatrists at CAP see patients in
A – No, None of the consultants see the patients in
Q – Does NIMHANS run a school or residential
A - No, NIMHANS doesn’t run any school or residential
services. We shall only suggest the links/ addresses of the institutions known to us which have such
Q - Does NIMHANS have Ayurvedic and yoga services
for psychiatric illness in children?
A - Yes. Ayurvedic and yoga services are
available in the campus and patients will be referred on specific requests.
Q - What are all the psychological assessments done
A - The following psychological assessments are
done based on need of each case:
- IQ assessment
- Learning disability assessment
- Assessments for children with emotional
The above mentioned assessments are done based on appointments and only following
a detailed evaluation by the psychiatrists and our clinical psychologists in the OPD; hence it
takes time ranging from weeks to months.
Q - Are reports / documents given for the services
A - Yes, discharge summaries will be given for
inpatients along with relevant referral letters to local doctors or school. Certificates
are issued based on need of each case. The screening slips will be handed over to patients in case of
OPD consultations. However, files opened will be retained in Medical Records Section.
Q – What is the average duration of stay under inpatient
A – We recommend a minimum of 2-3 weeks as the
ideal duration for a planned inpatient care for detailed evaluation and treatment. However, the duration
of stay may be much longer based on nature of problems the child has.
Q – What are the modes of payment of hospital
bills? What if one has reimbursements provisions?
A – Hospital accepts only cash payments. Credit
cards are not accepted. If one has reimbursements provisions, we have separate section ‘Reimbursement
section’ to guide you through.
Q – What kind of certificates is issued from CAP?
A – After relevant assessments, we issue –
• Mental retardation disability certificate (for Karnataka
• Academic exemption certificate in case of
learning disability (for Karnataka Domicile only),
concession for person with Mental retardation, and
tax exemption for parents of children with Developmental disability.
Autism spectrum disorders -
(Has links to all other websites)
Mental Retardation -
AACAP Facts for families -
Specific Learning disabilities -
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