Eating disorders enhanced day service is based at:

9-11 Imperial Avenue, Norton, Stockton-on-Tees, TS20 2EW

Tel. 01642 550863

Fax. 01642 732020

About the service

This service offers adults with eating disorders who are living at home the support and expertise they need from our NHS professionals.

Open five days a week, Monday-Friday, from 8am-6pm our staff provide the support and treatment through a two step approach. The first called stepping up, caters for patients who may require further support or input to prevent admission to hospital, as well as for those waiting admission.

The second, stepping down, offers patients who have been discharged from hospital the support they need to prevent relapse or to encourage recovery.

Our team of doctors, nurses and therapists offer help and treatment for both the patient's physical and mental health concerns when attending the unit and following a 12-18 week programme.

We can also offer art psychotherapy as part of care and treatment programmes.

The physical health screening our patients receive during the programme includes electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring, weight and body mass index (BMI) checks and glucose monitoring, whilst mental health interventions on offer can include following a range of psychological and occupational therapies, specialist dietary programme Eating Dietary Living Skills programme which focuses on all aspects of meal preparation and family/carer support.

Dr Dinesh Kannan, associate specialist in adult eating disorders said: This new and unique service provides an alternative to inpatient or residential programmes. Like a residential programme, it offers a structured environment with an intense focus on learning skills for recovery, but offers the important advantage of allowing the patient to continue living at home. This allows our patients to develop and hone skills for recovery and practice them in their home environment. The framework of service delivery is based on patient focused management, providing evidence based care, collaborative approach with other healthcare teams and supporting the family and carers.