Service user and carer comments

"Thankyou for all your patience and care and understanding during my time on Birch.  You might feel unrecognised, and at times condemned by patients, but the truth is that you are the blood that keeps the unit working.  Anorexia is a cruel and painful illness and you all bring care and understanding.  I cannot thank you enough for the times you have held me up when I have fallen and thank you from the bottom of my heart as I move to the next stage of my recovery.” 

"We would like to express our heartfelt thanks for the tremendous work which your team has done towards helping with our son's recovery. We have been so impressed with the care provided for him and the support you have offered to us his family.  It is a comfort to know that there are professionals such as yourselves to help people like him and we are grateful the service has been available to us all."

“Thanks so much for all your help and support during my time here, for pushing me when I needed it and being the voice of reason when I worried. I’ll try to keep working hard and move forward with my life and not let all your hard work go to waste. Thank you."

Our adult inpatient services have achieved the beat assured quality mark

About Birch Ward

Birch Ward

The Northern Centre for Eating Disorders

West Park Hospital

Edward Pease Way, Darlington, County Durham


Tel. 01325 552053


Birch Ward is part of The Northern Centre for Eating Disorders (NCED), which is made up of two specialist eating disorder inpatient units:

  • Birch Ward, based at West Park Hospital in Darlington treats adults.
  • Children and young people are cared for at The Evergreen Centre at West Lane Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Birch Ward is a 15 bed centre which provides individual care for adults with eating disorders, in a specially designed environment.

It provides the best possible care to help people reach a point in their lives when they no longer need to be treated in hospital.

People leaving Birch Ward will have a stable eating pattern and will be better able to manage the rest of their recovery in their own homes.

The centre accepts patients who are subject to the Mental Health Act and has two dedicated supported high dependency beds for those who need higher levels of physical care and nutritional rehabilitation.


Treatment and therapies

The team