Priory Group: Eating disorder treatment in the UK
The Priory is the UK's leading independent provider of eating disorder services. Eating disorders are a complex combination of medical and psychiatric issues that require sensitive treatment. The Priory has a number of specialist units in their hospitals with a flexible range of programmes to treat anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and EDNOS (eating disorders not otherwise specified). They also accept emergency admissions for eating disorders.
The Priory has provided thousands of eating disordered patients with the insight and courage they need to change, to maintain healthy bodies and relationships with food, and to lead positive, fulfilled lives. At the Priory, every patient is under the care of a consultant psychiatrist who specialises in eating disorders. Each consultant psychiatrist leads a team of nurses, therapists, psychologists, dieticians and education staff with specialist knowledge and training and who are dedicated to treating eating disordered patients.
The Priory provides care packages that are tailored to the individual patient's medical, psychological and social needs and aims to successfully conquer the issues that led to the eating disorder, as well as helping the patient achieve their target weight. Their eating disorders patients spend their stay in dedicated wards where they are encouraged to share their life experiences as well as offer each other friendship and support on their journey towards mental and physical health.
School-aged patients can continue their education in these units and, where appropriate, the Priory liaise with patients' schools to assist their re-integration after treatment. The Priory also support the patients' families and friends, who are often seriously affected by the issues facing their loved ones.
Eating disorder clinics
All Priory treatment programmes work to NICE guidelines and are usually provided on an inpatient basis, with the average length of stay being between three and four months.
The Priory Hospital Roehampton has launched a new customised eating disorder unit which has been developed in consultation with patients to create a positive therapeutic environment. The unit offers public and private purchasers a wide range of specialist treatment packages including a unique high dependency service, providing nasogastric and PEG (percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy) feeding, an adolescent (14+) service, one-to-one nursing, and intensive care services. The Priory Hospital Roehampton's consultant-led team has over twenty years of experience in treating patients with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder.
The Chrysalis Centre at the Priory Hospital Hayes Grove is a specialist eating disorders unit dedicated to treating adolescent patients aged 13 to 18 which incorporates a school room and educational support. The Priory Group's North West Eating Disorder Services offer comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and daycare services at the Priory Hospital Altrincham (Manchester) and the Priory Hospital Preston (Lancashire).
The Priory Hospital Glasgow offers a 27-bedded specialist eating disorders unit for individuals aged 16 years and over. The unit offers a 10-bedded unique high dependency service providing nasogastric feeding, one-to-one nursing as appropriate and intensive care as well as a 17-bedded eating disorders service for individuals requiring a slightly lower level of care. Referrals are accepted from the NHS across the whole of Scotland.
The Priory has numerous eating disorder clinics and hospitals throughout the UK. Please select one of the following for further information:
The Priory welcomes patients from the NHS and the independent sector. They accept referrals from GPs, consultant psychiatrists, SCT and PCT commissioners, CAMHS, general adult psychiatry services, drug and alcohol services, and psychotherapists.
The majority of referrals are made through the patient's GP. A referral can be made to the appropriate hospital's Admissions Office by telephone, email, fax or in writing. The Admissions Office then passes the patient's details on to the appropriate consultant psychiatrist. The Priory accepts 24/7 referrals. Urgent or out-of-hours appointments and admissions can be arranged immediately by telephoning the appropriate hospital.
To make a referral please contact the relevant hospital.
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