Pandemic information

We are still providing all of our services during the COVID 19 pandemic. All appointments are continuing over telephone or video call and we are still accepting all new referrals. You can still phone us as usual between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday on 0300 555 1216. If you need support outside of these times please call the NELFT Mental Health Direct Line which is open 24/7 on 0300 555 1000.

Young person's group

If you are a young person (aged 12 – 18) we value your feedback on how we can run our services and improve the care that we offer to you and other young people! Our young person’s group is a space to provide feedback on what can be improved in our service, this virtual group runs approximately every 6 weeks. Please contact EDS admin or your clinician if you are interested in attending.

CAMHS assessment and treatment timeline

CAMHS assessment and treatment timeline

Types of treatment for young people with eating disorders

Physical Health Monitoring:

We may invite you into our clinic where we may run a blood test, take your weight, height and blood pressure. This meeting may be performed with your primary therapist or another member of our team.

Dietetics:

You may be offered appointments with one of our dietitians to assess your nutritional requirements and design meal plans with you.

Psychiatric Intervention:

You may be offered a review with one of our consultant psychiatrists who may help support you with your wider mental health and who can prescribe and review medication.

Family Based Treatment:

Family Based Treatment (FBT) is the first-line evidence-based treatment for young people with eating disorders. You and your family members, or sometimes, just your parents/carers, will meet fortnightly with a family therapist, specialist nurse, or clinical/counselling psychologist. These sessions may last around one year to help support you through your recovery.

Eating Disorder Mythbusters

MYTH - I don't have an eating disorder if I'm not underweight.

MYTHBUSTER: Most people with eating disorders are not underweight. People with eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes. We do not refuse treatment to people based on their weight.

MYTH - You can tell someone has an eating disorder just by looking at them.

MYTHBUSTER: Many people with eating disorders may look healthy. Eating disorders present in many different ways and impact people of different sizes and shapes. 

MYTH - You will always have an eating disorder.

MYTHBUSTER: It is possible to fully recover from an eating disorder with treatment and support. 

MYTH - Only young women have eating disorders.

MYTHBUSTER: Eating disorders affect all people - all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, bodyshapes, weight, sexual orientations and socioeconomic statuses. Anyone can have an eating disorder.

MYTH - If I get treatment for my eating disorder, I will have to go into hospital.

MYTHBUSTER: For most of our patients, we are able to support you and treat your eating disorder while you are at home.

MYTH - Eating disorders are a choice.

MYTHBUSTER: Eating disorders are serious illnesses and you deserve support.