The West London Community Eating Disorders Service is a specialist outpatient service which offers assessment, treatment and monitoring for people aged 18 and over with conditions such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
Who we are
We are a psychology-led team, made up of psychologists, trainees, a dietician and admin staff, who work collaboratively to deliver the best care for you. We do not offer psychiatric reviews, or prescribe medication. We work closely with GPs and other medical professionals involved in our patients’ care.
The eating disorder service provides a range of psychological interventions and also dietetic input, which are allocated based on what will be most beneficial and suitable for the individual being referred.
For people struggling with bulimia nervosa, binge eating and OSFED, we currently offer group cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which runs for 6 sessions over 6 consecutive weeks. CBT is a talking therapy that aims to help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.
We offer 16-week group dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) for those who have completed the CBT group. This is an evidence-based treatment which aims to decrease emotional suffering and self-defeating behaviours by teaching skills that can be useful in dealing with life situations more effectively.
For people with a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa or OSFED, we offer either CBT or MANTRA.
Where appropriate, we offer up to 10 sessions of specialist dietetic treatment, which includes education about regular and healthy eating.
For more information on these treatments, download the service leaflets below.
Tel: 020 8354 8745
Fax: 020 8354 8526
Service Manager: Dr. Rana Rashed
Clinical Lead: Dr. Sam Spedding
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
South East House,
St Bernards Hospital,
Southall UB1 3EU
Lakeside Mental Health Unit,
West Middlesex Hospital,
Isleworth TW7 6AF
Testimonials and care opinion
What our service users say:
“I have felt supported at all times and feel confident about the future and more positive. I feel I have learned skills that will help me in the long-term.”
“Really good! Was very nervous at the beginning but have been able to open up and overcome a lot of what I struggled with. Amazing service.”
“Recovery never seemed possible before coming to this service but now, after 5 years, it finally does. I am so grateful for all of the time, patience and care [the psychologist] has put into my treatment and I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life.”
“CBT has been life changing and I have tools to stay well for life. Very happy.”
Frequently Asked Questions
- for referrers
Our GP practice is within the catchment area, but the patient resides outside of it. Will you accept a referral?
We only accept referrals when the patient lives within our catchment area.
Is self-reported weight and height enough for a referral?
No. It is really important we have accurate weight and height, so we need a weight and height that have been measured at the GP, hospital, etc.
Which referral form is best to use?
For external referrers, such as GPs, we ask that you use the MH1 form. For internal referrers, we ask that you use the internal referral form.
Both forms can be downloaded under the referral information section above.
- for carers
What will happen once I am referred to the eating disorder service?
If you are referred and we think you may be suitable for our service, we will meet with you over one or two meetings to make an assessment. We will give you and your doctor a detailed report with recommendations for treatment.
What happens if I miss my assessment?
If you cancel or miss your assessment appointment, you will be offered a second one. If you miss this appointment, we will be in touch about whether you still wish to be assessed by us. Please note: two missed assessments may lead to you being discharged from the service.
How often do I need to attend sessions for treatment?
Psychological treatment is weekly and requires regular attendance. If you miss more than two sessions in a row, we may have to review suitability for treatment at that time.
- for service users
What can I do if I feel like a loved one might be experiencing eating difficulties?
Knowing someone who is struggling with eating difficulties can be challenging and it can be hard to know the best way to help them. Beat is the National Eating Disorder charity and they have some useful resources and advice on their website, ranging from how to support someone at mealtimes, to how to talk to someone who is showing signs of an eating disorder.
Alternatively, you can contact the Single Point of Access (SPA) 24/7 Helpline on 0300 1234 244 for advice if you are really concerned about someones’ safety.