Eating Disorders Service

Location: Bethlem Royal Hospital, Maudsley Hospital
Mode: Inpatient, Step-up, Outpatient, Day care, Outreach,
Average length of treatment:  Inpatient: one to six months.  Step-up: up to six months.  Day care: six to nine months.
Referrals are accepted from: Consultant psychiatrists, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Self-funded and private referrals
Beds: 18

Key areas: Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, eating disorder not otherwise specified

Overview

We treat a range of eating disorders alongside co-morbidities from first presentation to severe and intractable. Treatment programmes are evidence-based care packages tailored to meet the needs of service users and their carers. We offer assessment, treatment and management to people with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or mixed eating disorder symptoms (eating disorders not otherwise specified).

Our specialist tertiary service offers intensive treatment to service users, including those with co-morbidities, in an inpatient, step-up, day care or outpatient setting. Interventions may comprise of individual, group and family therapy, dietetics, and risk management which cannot be managed in a primary or secondary care service.

We also offer an extensive programme of training and consultancy in the assessment, treatment and management of different aspects of eating disorders. The purpose of the training is to improve treatment outcomes, reduce relapse rates, enhance the role of carers and to disseminate research knowledge and skills nationally and internationally.

 

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Anna’s story

I got ill around the age of 16. So, when I moved out of the family home and up to London, I went straight into a hospital. It was a building block – it didn’t completely work – but it was a start. I also had a few issues with drugs and alcohol at the time… trying to cope with the anorexia.

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