Eating disorder treatment

If you think you might have an eating disorder, it can be a difficult and daunting prospect to accept that professional advice and treatment might be needed. However, the earlier you seek help, the faster and more likely you are to successfully overcome your illness and regain a healthy attitude towards eating.

Eating disorders are treatable. Over the years the Priory has helped thousands of people to work towards making the necessary changes in their lives. An eating disorder occurs when a person becomes obsessive and controlling with their food intake.

Our consultant-led teams of specialists provide treatment for all types of eating disorders. At the Priory, we make it our priority to understand the way in which your eating disorder affects your life. We understand that an eating disorder can begin for a wide range of reasons and that each person’s experience is different.

Getting lives back on track-

The causes of an eating disorder can vary greatly. The long-term consequences can have an extremely negative impact on a person and those around them. This can affect all areas of their life, including health and relationships.

Our specialist consultants, therapists and nursing teams deliver some of the country’s leading treatment in anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other eating disorders. With specialist facilities across the UK, our experienced professionals tailor treatment and care to suit your needs, using innovative therapy programmes and a broad range of creative workshops.

We will help you to you to address your feelings, challenge distortions about your body shape and encourage different forms of expression within a supportive and stable environment. This includes practical sessions relating to food, as well as art therapy, dance and movement.

Eating disorder help and services for younger people-

Many of the Priory’s hospitals and clinics offer dedicated services for children and young people aged 12 and above (although the Priory Hospital Chelmsford also accepts children from the age of ten).

For younger people who receive eating disorder treatment as an inpatient, we offer a stable and homely environment with facilities exclusively available for younger people to use. Our highly experienced nursing and therapy teams maintain regular contact with the family or carers, community healthcare professionals and schools or colleges to help the young person return to the community when they are well enough. We offer eating disorder support networks to help families learn more about their loved one’s illness, as well as practical strategies. These strategies can assist in overcoming the eating disorder as well as any mental health issues relating to the illness (such as anxiety or depression).

For those who are under 18 years of age, we also provide a full education programme. This includes a comprehensive range of educational services and accredited on-site assessment facilities to ensure that your child receives continuous educational provision suitable to their needs and abilities.

Our outcomes equal your success-

b-eat eating disorder charity logoAt the Priory, we believe that our clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction results are two important gauges of the effectiveness of the services that we provide. We measure ourselves against the highest national standards of quality, and work hard to ensure that we deliver meaningful results for those in our care.

This is why since 2010, 93% of individuals receiving eating disorder treatment for an eating disorder have gained weight, and over 90% have improved their attitude towards their diet, body shape and weight. In addition, our innovative stepped care programme has demonstrated that effective eating disorder treatment can be delivered alongside an impressive 30% reduction in the average length of stay.  

Many of our clinicians are also actively involved in improving the quality of eating disorder treatment not just within Priory hospitals, but also on a national scale. Dr Sonu Sharma was a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists working party which produced the nationally-approved guidelines on the Management of Really Sick Patients with Anorexia Nervosa (MARSIPAN).

The Priory have produced a pdf download which lists the locations of all of our eating disorder help and services, click here to download.

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91% of service users treated for an eating disorder at the Priory gained weight.

Priory Healthcare Quality Account | 2012-2013