How we can help

Our service helps adults aged 18 or over who have eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and other diagnosable eating disorders.

We offer an outpatient service for patients from Leicestershire and Rutland, and a regional inpatient service which serves the surrounding counties within the East Midlands region.

Our service works in accordance with national guidance for the management of eating disorders set out by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

If you are worried about yourself or a loved one please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page for advice.

Video Appointments

If you are due to have an appointment by video through Attend Anywhere you can access out waiting room here.

A guide to using Attend Anywhere can be found here

Uploading

If you are asked to complete any activities and return them to your assessor or therapist please do so by uploading via this link.

A guide to uploading documents has been produced should you need it.

COVID 19

Due to the current Covid 19 situation the service is continuing to offer care but is prioritising high-risk patients.

We continue to accept referrals from healthcare professionals but please be aware that routine referrals may take longer to process than usual, as we prioritise the urgent referrals.

We are following guidance on reducing risks to patients and staff by offering your appointments by telephone or by video calls. This will enable us to offer our services as safely as possible, reducing face to face contact and unnecessary travel.

Patients who are already under the service will be contacted individually so that they are aware of their plan.

There may be some people who require an appointment to be attended in person. If you have been asked to attend a face to face appointment but you or someone in your household are experiencing any of the symptoms –

o A new continuous cough

o High temperature of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher

o A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

please follow the latest government advice about self-isolation and telephone the service on 0116 225 2557 to advise us of the situation.

If you have been offered a face to face appointment and have had a shielding letter, have a health condition that puts you into a high risk category or are have been advised to self-isolate, please let us know at the earliest opportunity.

Government guidance about face coverings in clinical settings - All patients and visitors are now required to wear a face covering when entering our sites to keep our patients and staff safe. Staff on our sites will also be wearing face masks. On entering please ensure you are wearing a face covering, these can be cloth and/or homemade. Face coverings worn as part of religious beliefs or cultural practice are also acceptable, providing they are not loose and cover the mouth and nose. If you require more detail please visit the trust website or speak to a member of our staff team.

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Sources of support & advice

If you have an eating disorder, or are supporting someone who does, you might have specific worries or practical concerns to do with the illness at this time . Beat have put together some guidance to help, which can be accessed here.

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust now have a dedicated phone line so that people of all ages in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland can access urgent NHS mental health support directly. Call handlers can assess, advise, support and signpost / refer to appropriate services. Please call 0116 295 3060 to access the phone support 24 hours a day. [Please note this is not an emergency service]

Managing Anxiety

Sources of advice and support can be found at

bacp website

The Headspace app currently have a section called "Weathering the storm" which is free for everyone to use currently and can be useful in aiding the management of anxiety.

Children and Young People

Advice and support specifcally aimed at children and young people can be found at

CAMHS Liverpool

Place2Be

Young Minds

BPS - guide to talking to children about the coronavirus

CAMHS resources have a collection of useful videos, apps, books etc.

Social Media can offer some sources of support. We have put together a useful list of accounts that offer positive support here.

Carers

Support and advice for carers can be found at

carersuk

Emotional Wellbeing

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust have added a page to their website offering advice and sources of support. There is also a downloadable guide to local services offering support with mental health and wellbeing.

The government have also published an online emotional wellbeing guidance to support you and your family during this time

Christmas Time

Christmas can be a difficult time for people suffering with an eating disorder and for those supporting loved ones or friends with an eating disorder. The service has produced a short information leaflet offering advice about how to support someone struggling with an eating disorder over the festive period.

Please click here to access Coping with Christmas.

Or visit the Beat website for further support.