NHS Forth Valley has a specialist Eating Disorder service which is based at Livilands Resource Centre, Stirling Community Hospital. The Eating Disorder team offers Forth Valley-wide assessment and treatment to adults aged over 18 years of age with a diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa or Binge Eating Disorder.
Younger patients are be seen by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in NHS Forth Valley.
The multi-disciplinary team consists of a Consultant Psychiatrist, Senior Nurse Therapist, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Senior Mental Health Dietitians.
The main aim is to treat and support people at home. Treatment can be on an individual basis or as part of a group. Treatment is tailored to the individual needs of the patient and joint packages of care are often developed between the Therapists and Dietitians.
Therapies offered include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). The team also has access to Mental Health Resource Centre assessment, Occupational Therapy assessment and the provision of Art Therapy. There is limited access to meal support and additional support around food shopping and cooking.
NHS Forth Valley has access to beds in the specialist Regional Eating Disorder Unit (REDU) at St John’s Hospital, Livingston. Referrals to the regional unit are only accepted from the Forth Valley Eating Disorder service.
Admissions to the regional inpatient unit will generally be planned in collaboration with the client. Admissions would be considered for a limited time period only and with specific treatment goals in mind. The Eating Disorder team would communicate regularly with staff at the unit to ensure continuity of care and a smooth transition between in- and out- patient care.
A person can be referred to the Eating Disorder team by a mental health or general medical professional, a General Practitioner (GP), or Dietitian.
The team accept referrals for people with a moderate to severe Eating Disorder. Severity is generally indicated by rapid weight loss or severe emaciation, frequent vomiting or laxative abuse, significant physical complications, persistent self harm behaviours, suicidality or a co-morbid condition such as pregnancy or diabetes. People with an Eating Disorder of a less severe nature are cared for by General Psychiatric services and/or the Mental Health Resource Centre provision in Forth Valley.
Phone: 01786 458549
Eating Disorders Service
Livilands Resource Centre
Stirling Community Hospital