Eating disorder Service

Eating disorder service

About us

Our Eating Disorders Team is based in Epsom and consists of:

  • One Service Manager/Art Psychotherapist
  • One Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • One Adult Psychiatrist
  • Three Clinical Psychologists
  • Two Assistant Psychologists
  • Four Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Two Family Therapists
  • Two Dietitians
  • Two Administrative staff

The cause of an eating disorder is often complex and can be very distressing for the family and young person affected. We work together as a team to help restore a healthy food intake and address psychological issues. We welcome feedback to ensure that we continue to provide the best possible service.

Under national guidance for all Eating Disorder services in England, we now see all referrals within 28 days and urgent referrals within five days. Our service accepts self-referrals, as well as referrals from carers, family members and professionals. Scroll down to our 'How to access our service' section for more information.

What we do

We specialise in assessing and treating children and young people with eating disorders including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, ARFID (Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) and Binge Eating Disorder. We work closely with other health and care services and with families and carers to encourage motivation to change as families have a very important role in helping recovery. This involves working together to recognise and address the manifestations of an eating disorder.

We try to provide treatment in the community as far as possible although hospital treatment is sometimes needed for medical reasons or psychiatric risks.

We run an outreach service for people who may be close to needing a hospital (tier 4) admission. This involves home visits for people who are not able to come in to see us.

We also provide expert consultation and advice to other CAMHS teams, schools, GPs, families/carers and other health professionals such as paediatricians.

For more information you can read our service leaflet here. An easy read version of this service leaflet is available by clicking here.

How to access our service

There are two ways to access our service:

  • If you are a young person who would like to self-refer, or you are a parent/guardian/carer of a young person who you feel should be seen by us, you can contact our service directly by ringing 01372 206325. Please note, if you self-refer you will need to see your GP within two weeks of your referral. This could be before or after the referral. GPs provide a clinical risk assessment, as well as measuring height and weight and vital signs to assess the physical risk.
  • We also accept referrals from health, social care or education practitioners such as a GP or teacher via the CAMHS One Stop portal. You can also phone the One Stop number on 0300 222 5755. Alternatively, you can write to: CAMHS One Stop, 18 Mole Business Park, Leatherhead, KT22 7AD.

If you have any questions about a child or young person’s mental health, call CAMHS One Stop for advice on 0300 222 5755. We are open 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am -12pm Saturday.

 

What to do if you suspect you have an eating disorder or if you suspect that someone you know has an eating disorder:

  • Cutting down food such as snacks, skipping meals or not eating with the family
  • Unhealthy interest in calorific values of food or calorie counting
  • Excessive exercise
  • Unhealthy concerns about weight, shape or food
  • Loss of weight which concerns you (rapidity of weight loss, young person starts to look “too thin”)

2. What you can do:

  • Ensure normal portions of food are being eaten, including snacks.
  • Monitor balance between eating and exercise
  • Good website is BEAT-UK (https://www.b-eat.co.uk)

3. What you suggest they can do:

  • Encourage talking about their concerns
  • Make time to listen, support and encourage

4. How to stop it before it starts:

  • Early recognition is important
  • Consult your doctor if there are any concerns about eating, food or body image concerns
  • Consult your doctor if there is any weight loss

We are accepting referrals earlier than ever, so please contact us as soon as possible if you believe you, or someone else, has an eating disorder.