UPEI Adult ADHD Clinic faces hiring challenges, growing waitlist


The wait list at the University of Prince Edward Island’s Adult ADHD Clinic has been growing as an increasing number of people hope to gain access to supports from the clinic. Retired pediatrician and ADHD specialist Dr David Wong says that his pilot program needs the equivalent of 1.5 nurse practitioners and a half-time family doctor to be effective, but that the clinic’s lack of permanent funding is a barrier to recruitment. Wong said that 400 people were on his wait list before the clinic opened, and that 300 more people have been added to the list, which will increase wait times. Patients are currently being triaged so that those who need help most are able to access treatment, and Wong says he hopes that the $1M invested by the provincial government in the pilot project will become permanent funding.