Eating disorders - Kent and Medway
The All Age Eating Disorder Service for Kent and Medway is a specialist service. Our service aims to bring hope and confidence, through help and support, to those who have an eating disorder, to enable them to take back control of their life by overcoming their eating disorder.
We are a friendly team who will work with clients and their families (if appropriate). To ensure we are all working together and sharing information about treatment and progress, we will have regular meetings to review how things are going and keep GPs undated on progress.
Throughout treatment, clients (and families) will be involved in the decision making regarding care, reflecting basic rights for privacy, confidentiality, dignity and respect.
An eating disorder can be best described as an abnormal pattern of eating behaviour, accompanied by marked worries about food or body size, which may interfere with the person’s usual way of life and often results in noticeable weight loss. Eating disorders can be triggered by a variety of causes such as genetics, psychological and/or social influences. More often they are a way of coping with difficult thoughts, emotions or experiences. Eating disorders involve disturbances in eating behaviour, as well as feelings of distress or extreme concern about body shape and /or weight. Such disturbances can put physical health and functioning at risk.
- Anorexia nervosa (AN) – when a person tries to keep their weight as low as possible by not eating enough food, exercising too much, or both
- Bulimia nervosa (BN) – when a person sometimes loses control and eat a lot of food in a very short amount of time (binging) and are then deliberately sick, use laxatives (medicine to help you poo), restrict what they eat, or do too much exercise to try to stop themselves gaining weight
- Binge eating disorder (BED) – when a person regularly loses control of their eating, eat large portions of food all at once until they feel uncomfortably full, and are then often upset or guilty
- Other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED) – when a person’s symptoms do not exactly match those of anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder, but it does not mean it's a less serious illness
What types of support do we offer?
The type of support offered will vary depending on the type and severity of concern. All of our direct support options aim for people to meet their own goals. These include:
- Online and Guided Self Help
- Family Therapy
- Individual Cognitive Behaviour Therapy-E
- Psychiatric Medical Assessment and Reviews
- Dietetic Advice and Support
- Duty and crisis support
The minimum age for referrals to this service is 8 years.
To refer please complete this referral form and return to KentandMedwayEatingDisordersService@nelft.nhs.uk.
Please note that referrals by letter, with the appropriate information and patient history will still be accepted by the service.
The Kent and Medway eating disorders service will be based at The Courtyard but all patients will be seen in their locality areas across Kent & Medway. To contact our team, please see details below:
Tel: 0300 300 1980
Opening times: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm