New eating disorder services for children and young people

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There are new community eating disorder services for children and young people in North West London. For the first time those that are worried or need help can refer themselves.

There are new community eating disorder services for children and young people in North West London. For the first time those that are worried or need help can refer themselves so they can get fast advice and support for their condition.

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. To address the needs of people with eating disorders, North West London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups has worked with West London Mental Health Trust and Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, both of whom provide local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to introduce the new services.

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 Tullett, 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 worried or suffering can access help easily. Being based in the community and encouraging people to contact us directly, as well as referrals from parents or caring professionals, will provide better and faster access to medical support.”

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and 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 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 services are available Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm for children and young people up to their eighteenth birthday who are registered with a GP in North West London.

Specialist teams offer 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 North West London Eating Disorder Services

The services accept self-referrals and referrals from parents, GPs, schools, colleges and other professionals.

You can read more about the services at www.cnwl.nhs.uk, www.westlondoncamhs.nhs.uk and www.healthiernorthwestlondon.nhs.uk.

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