Feb 7, 2019, Glasgow Live: Adults in Glasgow are waiting up to a year to receive an NHS diagnosis for autism—A spokesperson for NHS Greater Glasgow said referrals had tripled since 2014 https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/health/adults-glasgow-waiting-up-year-15794883 Adults in Greater Glasgow with referrals to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder could wait up to a year to be seen, NHS figures show. Over 18s who were referred to the Adult Autism Team in January of this year won't be seen for 52, meaning they won't undergo a diagnosis for autism and progress through the system until January 2020. A Freedom of Information request submitted to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde showed that waiting times ranged between 28 and 52 weeks from January 2018 to January 2019. The Adult Autism Team help people over the age of 18 in Glasgow who are referred for undiagnosed autism, offering tests and further support for those who discover that they are autistic after they leave school. Individuals seen in January 2018 had waited 34 weeks, while people who had their appointment in July last year had been waiting 28 weeks. On average, people seen last month (January) had been waiting 31 weeks for an appointment, meaning they were referred in September of last year. With projected wait times now as high as 52 weeks, Charlene Tait, Deputy Chief Executive at the charity Scottish Autism, said a strain on resources was seeing unacceptable wait times. She told Glasgow Live: “While the Scottish Government has been working to improve the situation, we are seeing delays in individuals receiving an autism diagnosis due to lack of resources and provision of diagnosticians to assess and reach a conclusion. “It is unacceptable that it can take several months for a diagnosis, which can add to stress and anxiety for both the individual and their family.” Charlene added that longer NHS waiting times were adding to increased demands on charities such as Scottish Autism. She said: “Organisations like ours are on hand to help with services and support available such as our Autism Advice Line, which relies solely on donations. "We have seen a steady rise in calls and emails from the public, year on year, and have a dedicated team of experienced Autism Advisors who are on hand to provide emotional and practical support for families, at times when they need it most.” An NHS spokesperson admitted that services were under strain, but pointed to the positives of growing awareness the figures also indicate. The health board representative said: “Growing public awareness of autism has meant that many more people are seeking an assessment as adults. Referrals to the specialist autism team in Glasgow have trebled since 2014. "While we have taken steps to significantly improve our efficiency, unfortunately waiting times have increased due to this sharp rise in demand. … “Patients can still access the usual care for any other mental health issues they may have; the longer waiting times are only for the specialist autism diagnostic assessment.