Where to find us
9-11 Imperial Avenue, Norton, Stockton-on-Tees, TS20 2EW
Tel number: 01642 550863
Fax number: 01642 732020
About the service
The main focus of our service is directed at the treatment of anorexia nervosa and severe episodes, although we also work with patients who have bulimia who are complex in presentation and need physical health interventions and support.
We also offer:
- Advice, support and supervision to professionals working with people whose illnesses are less complex, but nevertheless highly distressing for the individuals experiencing them
- Awareness training for all health related professionals.
The treatment and support we offer is based as closely as possible to the 2004 NICE published guidelines for the treatment of eating disorders.
We work across County Durham and the Tees Valley.
About the team
The team includes:
- Team manager
- Clinical psychologist
- Consultant psychiatrist
- Specialist dieticians
- Advanced practitioners
- Community eating disorder practitioner
- Support worker.
Members of the team also provide training to other health professionals and services in how to care for people with eating disorders. Family, carers and supporters are encouraged and signposted to seek support from carer agencies and relevant voluntary organisations.
We will work with you, and your carers, to promote recovery and manage the risk to your physical and mental health.
You may need appointments with various team members and additional agencies or therapists.
A care co-ordinator/lead professional will be allocated to you and he/she will liaise with everyone involved and arrange for regular review of your treatment and care plan.
The team must keep details of your care and treatment confidential. However, we also have a duty to share information with other health professionals involved in your care and treatment. We will not do this without talking to you first. All information will be shared on a need to know basis.
It can be helpful to involve your family or carer in your care and treatment and we will talk to you about how we involve them and share information with them.
We work closely with the trust's carers support group who meet on a monthly basis.
- Talking therapies
- Social recovery work and
- Specialist liaison with expert physicians.
We also offer the opportunity for carers to have an assessment, join a supportive group and undertake skills training.
How to access the service
You may be referred to the eating disorders team because your GP or other health worker is concerned that you may have a serious eating disorder.
Your local mental health team (affective team) will be asked to carry out a full assessment of your mental health needs to identify the nature of your eating problem and any additional difficulties that you may need help with.
A member of the affective team will discuss the assessment with you and appropriate treatment options will be explained. Following this you will be referred to the eating disorders team if the referral criteria is met.
What happens at an assessment?
You will be offered an assessment, which will usually take place over one or two sessions. Each session is approximately an hour and a half long.
You will be asked about:
- How the eating disorder developed and how it affects all aspects of your life, and the lives of those around you.
- Your hopes and goals of treatment should you decide to accept care.
Your height and weight will be checked, as well as other physical health checks including checking your blood pressure and temperature.
You will also be asked to complete a number of specialist assessment forms.
Before your first appointment you will be asked to visit your GPs surgery for some blood tests .
All assessments are written up and will be shared with you and the other team members. This will help us to assess your condition and needs.
What are eating disorders?
- These are complex illnesses that can have a devastating effect on both physical and mental health.
- They include anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
- They can negatively impact on all aspects of a person's life and on the lives of those around them.
- They can affect women and men.
- It is possible to recover from a serious eating disorder.