Eating disorders

We’ve been caring for young people with eating disorders for many years

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At Huntercombe, we care for young people with eating disorders at four of our hospitals.

We treat people with anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders every day of the year. Our patients are young women and men aged between 12 and 25.

Most are here as inpatients, others are day patients. We also run an emergency admission programme for patients who need urgent inpatient treatment.

We look after patients with eating disorders at four of our hospitals: Edinburgh, Stafford, Maidenhead and Cotswold Spa.

We’ve a good track record helping people with even the most severe eating disorders – even if treatment has not been successful in the past. And we do our best to make a stay in one of our hospitals not feel like you’re “in hospital”.

Our expert team

We know how painful and stressful it is when a young person has been diagnosed with an eating disorder. We recognise the effect the illness often has on your relationships with your family, friends, even your teachers.

We’ve put together a team of expert doctors, nurses, therapists, dietitians, teachers and social workers who specialise in helping young people with eating disorders.

It’s all they do, day in, day out.

We know how important it is to understand and deal with your feelings rather than just focus on getting your weight right. We keep that at the centre of our thoughts when we draw up your personal treatment plan.

We’ve helped many young people recover from an eating disorder and to go on to lead happy, fulfilling lives.

Still at school?

People often worry about what will happen to their school work if they need to come and stay in hospital.

If you’re an inpatient and still at school, we’ll make sure that your education continues while you’re with us.

Each of our hospitals has a school room and we employ our own teachers who’ll speak to your teachers at home so that you can keep up with the work that your classmates are doing.

If it’s exam time, you can even sit your GCSEs or A-levels while you’re in hospital.

And, like any other school, our teachers are monitored by OFSTED, to make sure we’re doing a good job.

Who can we help?

We offer different services, depending on how old you are: our “CAMHS specialist eating disorder service”  is for people aged 12-18, and our “young adults” service is for people aged 18-25.

Our CAMHS service operates on an inpatient basis, though we offer shorter stays at our Cotswold Spa hospital if your treatment does not need to be quite so intense.

For young adults, we offer both inpatient treatment and intensive day patient treatment.

Our treatments are aimed at people who have a severe eating disorder that has caused you to lose a large amount of weight (it might have affected your growth too) and to put your health is at risk.

In order to be treated at Huntercombe, you’ll need to have first tried outpatient treatment in your local community (known as “tier 3” treatment).

Most of our patients are here on a voluntary basis but a small proportion are admitted under the Mental Health Act.

We are a private company but the vast majority of our patients do not pay for their own care because the costs are covered by the NHS.

We do, however, also accept some private self-funded patients. If you’re interested in finding out more about this, please contact us.

We follow the Royal College of Physician’s  “Marsipan” guidelines (Management of Really Sick Patients with Anorexia Nervosa).

Adult Marsipan checklist

Guidance & Advice

View our guides and factsheets on eating disorders , and find link to other services.