Specialist Eating Disorders Service
A day programme for adults presenting with eating disorders who are ready to make active changes to their condition and require intensive input to do so, is available with the Specialist Eating Disorder Service (SEDS) based at Mountainhall Treatment Centre.
Our team includes a Consultant Psychiatrist, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Specialist Dietitian, Nursing Staff, Healthcare Support Workers and admin support.
What We Do
SEDS offers input up to four days a week and includes nursing support, meal support (snacks and lunch), dietetic input, psychological, psychiatric and medical input. Wider social support and support for families and carers may also be included.
Our main ethos is to offer people (18+) with eating disorders a safe, supportive and collaborative environment for them to actively challenge the significant and wide-ranging negative impact such a disorder can have in their life. It allows them to make changes that bring about improved physical and psychological wellbeing, in order to live a more fulfilled and independent life.
An Integrated Care Pathway for Eating Disorders (Anorexia Nervosa/Bulimia Nervosa) has been developed locally and recommends that most people should be managed first and foremost within their local Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs). Any referrals from Primary Care (e.g. GPs) should be directed towards the CMHT in the first instance.
A referral to SEDS can come about if :-
- the person with the eating disorder is deemed high risk (but not high enough for an inpatient admission) and needs intensive input to increase nutrition and/or stabilise eating patterns
- the person with the eating disorder has had to have an inpatient admission and after discharge requires a period of intensive input to maintain changes
- someone from the CMHT has identified the person with the eating disorder requires more intensive support to enable change
Early intervention work may also be considered. This would be for someone not in the categories above as yet, but deemed at risk of possibly rapidly deteriorating without more intensive input to try to prevent the development of a more long term disorder.