Services

Eating Disorders Service for Adults (EDSA)

Eating disorders are serious mental health conditions that can affect someone physically, psychologically and socially.  There are different forms of eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder.

We are a specialist adult service working across Somerset, consisting of dietitians, clinical nurse specialists, psychological therapists, support workers, psychologists, assistant psychologists, an occupational therapist, and administrators.

We work with people experiencing a range of eating disorder difficulties.  This includes people presenting with the first onset on an eating disorder, people with enduring symptoms, and those with moderate to severe presentations.  

We offer:

  • Specialist assessment, support and advice
  • Specialist nutrition advice
  • Specialist treatment options, including psychological therapies
  • Education and support for families and carers of those with an eating disorder
  • Support and training for community mental health teams working with people with eating disorders
  • Liaison with other services such as GPs, inpatient units and voluntary organisations.
  • An early intervention care pathway called FREED (First episode Rapid Early intervention for Eating Disorders). See https://freedfromed.co.uk/  for more information about this.

 

How you can access this service:

Your GP will need to refer you, either directly to us, or to the local community mental health team who will liaise with us.  We will then contact you to introduce the service and to invite you to an initial assessment at one of our locations.  Unfortunately you cannot refer yourself into this service.