Eating Disorders Service

How to access this Service

Contact us

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The Adult Eating Disorder Service (AEDS) provides a service for men and women in the Belfast and South Eastern Trust areas who are 18-years-old and above, and suffering from severe and complex anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN) and atypical eating disorders that resemble AN/BN.

The service is community based but can provide an in-reach service if hospital admission is required. 

The AEDS do not provide interventions for the treatment of binge-eating disorder, simple obesity, body dysmorphic disorder or disordered eating that can arise out of general emotional disturbance.

The care and treatment offered will aim to address the physical, psychological and social needs of the patients and their families.

Your treatment team can provide a range of skilled interventions based on your assessed physical, psychological and social needs.  Your treatment plan will be agreed with you and may include:

  • Structured psychotherapy such as CBT-E, CBT, IPT etc
  • Specialist Supportive Clinical Management
  • Family work
  • Motivational enhancement therapy
  • Skills-based training for families and carers
  • Dietetic counselling
  • Nutritional rehabilitation

We ask that you attend your appointments and show a willingness to engage in treatment.

Treatment may include:

  • Weight restoration
  • Improved eating behaviours
  • Reduction in unhelpful eating behaviours
  • Clarification of diagnosis
  • Stable biochemistry
  • Improved psychological functioning
  • Ability to pursue vocational goals
  • Improved family and social relationships
  • Phased transition from an inpatient stay to day care and specialist outpatient treatment
  • Co-working with other mental health teams if appropriate


How to access this Service

Contact your GP in the first instance.  Your GP will assess you and may refer you to specialist services in your area.  Some patients may be treated successfully by primary and secondary care.

In an emergency, contact your local out-of-hours GP or attend your nearest Hospital Emergency Department
An out-of-hours GP service operates weekdays from 6:00pm-8:00am at weekends and during Bank Holidays.

North and West Belfast (Beldoc) Tel: (028) 9074 4447
South and East Belfast (Sebdoc) Tel: (028) 9079 6220

Downpatrick (Downedoc) Tel: (028) 9260 2204
Lisburn (Lagandoc) Tel: (028) 9260 2204
Newtownards (NDADOC) Tel: (028) 9182 2344


For Health Professionals

GP’s within Belfast Trust may refer patients via One Point of Referral
Tel: (028) 9504 2920.

GP’s within South Eastern Trust may refer patients via the trust’s Mental Health Assessment Centres in Lisburn Tel:  (028) 9266 5181 and Newtownards Tel: (028) 9151 2155.

These services are responsible for triaging referrals before sending them to AEDS.
We welcome direct contact about urgent presentations (028) 9504 2696.


Contact Us

Eating Disorder Service
Woodstock Lodge
1-15 Woodstock Link
Belfast
BT6 8DD

Tel: (028) 9504 2692. The service is contactable between 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday.


Resources

Support and information is also available from these websites: