Assessments only take place in the mornings, and take approximately 3 – 4 hours. Appointments, particularly for medico-legal assessments, need to be made well in advance.
The night before the appointment, the patient needs to have a good night’s sleep and should not consume anything that could affect cognitive functioning the following day.
On the day of the assessment, the patient must be accompanied by a family member (or a person who has known the patient very well) and must bring: most recent school reports (in the case of the child) and pre-injury/illness school reports (where relevant); spectacles (if worn for reading purposes); hearing aids (if needed); a list of any medications the patient is taking and a snack for the mid-assessment break.
Accompanying family members/friends will be interviewed at the start of the assessment. After that, they may go out while the patient is being assessed, but are welcome to wait in the comfortable waiting room. Tea/coffee with be provided mid-morning.