Help in a crisis during Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
During this COVID-19 pandemic there may have to be changes in the way some of our services work. Please contact the service directly to check how services are being delivered and follow their advice.
The national suspension on visiting inpatient areas has been lifted. Please contact the ward you wish to visit in advance for guidance and instructions for a safe visit.
If you need help in a mental health crisis during Coronavirus pandemic outside office hours please contact our crisis team: Help in a crisis
For other medical advice and support contact your your GP or visit NHS 111
Only visit your local Emergency Department for serious life-threatening conditions that need immediate medical attention including persistent severe chest pain, loss of consciousness, acute confused state, severe blood loss, serious burns, suspected stroke.
Eating Disorder Team
We are a mental health team made up of nursing, psychological and psychiatric health professionals.
We work together in order to provide assessment and excellent care for anyone with eating disorders - including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. We endeavour to provide high quality care.
We operate an outpatient service where patients are required to attend their appointments at the Mandala Centre on Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham.
We offer services to any adult (18 years or over) who experiences difficulties with eating. Our patients are referred by GPs or other psychiatric services.
What happens when you are referred to our service?
After we receive your referral, there will be a discussion between the different professionals in our team about how best to help you.
After that, you may be offered an assessment with one of our qualified Health Professionals. This will help us to find out about your current difficulties, your past and family history. This usually takes around an hour.
If we feel that your needs can best supported by our service, we have a selection of clinician interventions. These usually start with a psycho-education group to begin your treatment journey. Your specific needs and treatment will be discussed with you following assessment.
We will be happy to talk through any concerns or questions that you have.
Can I bring someone with me to the first appointment?
You can choose to bring a family member, advocate or friend with you to the first appointment. However, we usually encourage you to meet us by yourself at some stage during the assessment.
Is my information confidential?
Yes it is. We do have to share information with your GP or other healthcare professionals. In exceptional circumstances if there were immediate concerns about your/others health and safety then we may share information with external services.
Who will monitor my physical health?
Your physical health monitoring is shared by our service and your GP.
Service opening hours
Monday – Friday 9am - 5pm.
There are some therapy groups that may take place between 5 and 7 pm.
Out of hours
Outside of office hours in case of an urgent issue please contact out of hours GP services, NHS 111, or in an emergency 999.
Help in a crisis
Outside of office hours please contact your GP, NHS 111, or in an emergency go to your local Accident and Emergency (A&E) department.
- The Institute of Psychiatry - with a wealth of reliable information on eating disorders which includes potential causes, risks, treatments and outcomes. Lots of useful information for families and carers.
- Beat – UK Eating Disorders Charity
- The Royal College of Psychiatry
- Centre for Clinical Interventions (based in Australia) – downloadable self-help modules
- NHS website - eat well
- Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders
This group is designed to educate patients with eating difficulties about eating disorders, related behaviours, psychological and physical causes and effects of these. This group will involve interactive educational sessions, individual and group tasks, and audio-visual aides such as videos and presentations.
The purpose of the group is educational, therefore individual assessment or monitoring of mental and physical health will not be possible during the group.
The group will be run on a rolling basis and clients will be able to join at any stage.
The Nutrition Group
This group, led by the dietitian, runs every Tuesday afternoon and is available to anyone receiving support from the Nottinghamshire Eating Disorders Service.
The sessions will include:
- Dietetic advice to support changes to dietary intake
- Designing balanced meal plans
- General education on balanced eating
- Specific advice on key nutrients
- Goal setting
Information for health professionals
How to refer someone to this service
Referrals usually come from GPs. Health professionals within secondary mental health services can also refer.