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New eating disorder services for children and young people

14 Jun 2016

Eating disorders can cause serious long-term and even life threatening health problems, and talking about the condition and seeking help can often be difficult for sufferers. This is why we’ve introduced new community eating disorder services for children and young people, where for the first time those that need help can refer themselves to the service.

Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, are mental health conditions that rarely get better on their own, so the sooner someone can get help, the more likely they are to make a full recovery. The new North West London based services will allow young people fast access to professional help; in urgent cases, within one week and for routine cases within four weeks.

Dr Elizabeth Tullet, lead for West London Mental Health Trust CAMHS eating disorders service, said: “Eating disorders are an area which people find difficult to talk about. It is often especially difficult for young people to talk to parents or their doctor about an eating disorder, which is why it is so important that those that are suffering can access help easily. Being based in the community and allowing self-referrals, as well as referrals from parents or caring professionals, will provide better and faster access to medical support.”

West London Mental Health Trust will accept self-referrals from children and young people, parents, as well as from GPs, health professionals and other professionals, including teachers, working with children and young people. Their services will bring together teams of different disciplines skilled in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders, ensuring people receive fast access to the right care.

The new specialist service is available Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm for children and young people up to their eighteenth birthday who are registered with a GP in Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham or Hounslow.

Our team offers assessment, diagnosis and intervention on a range of suspected and confirmed eating disorders including:

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Atypical anorectic and bulimic eating disorder.

Access the Eating Disorder Services

The West London service accepts self-referrals and referrals from parents, GPs, schools, colleges and other professionals.

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust accepts self-referrals and referrals from parents, GPs, schools, colleges and other professionals.

You can read more about the service on the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust website, West London Mental Health Trust website and our mental health pages.

If you would like more information about eating disorders you can visit www.nhs.uk.

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