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If there is an immediate danger to life, please dial 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.

I am in Gloucestershire

If you or someone you know needs help in a mental health crisis, call our crisis teams.

Call 0800 169 0398.

And choose one of the following options depending on your location:

  • Option 1 for Stroud and Cotswolds
  • Option 2 for Gloucester and Forest
  • Option 3 for Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and North Cotswolds

Please note: telephone calls may be recorded. If you do not want that to happen, please tell the person who answers your call and they will phone you back on a ‘non-recordable’ telephone.

The number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Occasionally, callers may be asked to leave their name and number on an answerphone. In these circumstances, staff will return the call within one hour.

I am in Herefordshire

If you are in Herefordshire, please call: 01432 364046

The number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you need help but are not in crisis, please contact your GP if in opening hours, or 111. If you don’t have a GP use the NHS service search to locate the nearest one to you. If your query is not urgent, you can find our contact details here.

Are you feeling vulnerable? Do you need to talk to somebody now?

samaritans

Call free on 116 123
If you are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide, you can call the Samaritans.

Stay Alive App

A pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. The app can be accessed through the Apple Store, Google Play and downloaded as a pdf.

childline

Call free on 0800 11 11
If you are a child or a young person you may want to speak to Childline.

selfharm

Call 0808 816 0606
A safe, supportive, non-judgmental and informative service for people who self harm, their friends, families and carers.

Eating Disorders Team

Gloucestershire

 

Contacting the Eating Disorders Service

The Eating Disorders Service
Brownhill Centre
St Pauls Medical Complex
Swindon Road
Cheltenham
GL51 9EZ

Telephone: 01242 634242

Community team

 

Our Community Team are the first point of contact for anyone coming into the service.  The team complete initial assessments and offer advice and guidance to GPs, practice nurses and carers.

Once an initial assessment has been completed the team work with the individual to decide the best course of action.

The team also work very closely with GPs to ensure physical health is monitored, for example asking for GPs to undertake blood tests.

Child and adolescent home treatment

Most young people who come into the Eating Disorders Service are treated on an out-patient basis. This would happen in the clinic, with a therapy called  “Family Based Treatment”. This is an evidence-based treatment, provided by a senior clinician in weekly sessions for the young person and their parents/family.

If a child and/or their parents are struggling with progressing with this treatment for any reason, they may be referred to the Child and Adolescent Home Treatment Team (ChAHTT).

We offer this bolt-on support, as a complementary addition to the family based treatment; when clinic sessions have not been enough to establish adequate eating, and progress towards weight restoration and health is therefore hindered. In such circumstances the young person is often at risk of requiring hospital admission.

We therefore aim to prevent this by providing intensive therapeutic support, before, during and after specifically timetabled meals, to the young person and their family in their home. We offer 6 weeks of support, starting off more intensively, and then reducing our contacts week by week according to the family’s needs.

We know that often the young person does not see that there is a problem; and we know that eating more will cause distress in the short term. However, we will work towards helping parents to understand this distress, and be supportive to their child, whilst still being very firm with the eating disorder.

Our aim is to help families eat together again, with less distress and conflict; and with the young person making some initial steps towards weight restoration, and getting their life back on track.

We aim to empower parents to manage their child’s illness, well enough, to stay out of hospital.

Family Based treatment will still be in place throughout, and will continue after ChAHTT intervention finishes.

In addition, if a young person is already in hospital, ChAHTT can offer similar packages of care to enable earlier discharge.

Adult day programme

The Day Treatment Programme is designed to support individuals to normalise their eating behaviours, to restore weight where applicable and to provide them with a firm foundation to build upon during individual work with the Eating Disorders Community Team.

It does so by offering a combination of group therapy and supported mealtimes, allowing individuals to work towards their recovery and treatment goals. More information about the programme can be found in the day treatment booklet, the groups guide and weekly timetable.

Support groups

Beat – Eating Disorder Support Group (Cirencester)

The group meets every month on the first Wednesday of the the month. It is open to sufferers, relatives and friends.

Group Facilitator: Pat Ayres    Telephone: 01285 770385

Referral information

You can refer yourself to us or you can ask your GP or other health professional to refer you/your child.  To make a referral, please complete our referral form.

 

Research

 

It is important to us to know how well our treatments work and what kind of a difference they make to our patients’ lives. So, when we offer you treatment we will also give you the opportunity take part in one of our research studies. This is completely voluntary and if you would rather not take part, it won’t affect your treatment in any way. If you do decide to take part, we won’t ask you for any personal information that identifies you: it will be completely anonymous. We can’t promise you any benefits from taking part in a study, but it helps us learn about how patients respond to our treatments, and this can lead to us improving what we do in future.

At present, we are recruiting participants for the following studies:

  • Evaluating our outpatient treatments
  • Evaluating Interpersonal Group Psychotherapy for binge eating disorder

We are planning the following future study:

  • Does Child and Adolescent Home Treatment improve parental self-efficacy
Service User Involvement

It is important to us to collaborate with our service users about making decisions relating to how our service operates. We currently do this by:

  • Having a “suggestions” box in our reception area
  • Inviting ex-service users to sit on interview panels when we recruit new members of staff
  • Displaying service users’ artwork and creative writing on the walls at the Brownhill Centre
  • Working with service users to raise awareness in the media about eating disorders and their treatment
  • Inviting ex-service users to help run our Recovery Workshops for patients and carers

Please get in touch if you have any feedback about our service and/or suggestions about how we can improve what we do.

What do our patients say about recovery? Here are some of the comments made by our service users

 Through recovery, I have finally been able to discover the real “me”, buried under an eating disorder for years and years… And also discovered that there are things I like about myself: something I could never see before.

 Whenever the nagging voice of the illness creeps back in I have made a pact to myself to do the opposite of what it is telling me. Some days this is easier than others, but the days that it is harder just remind me of why it is so important to keep fighting. For those of you reading this who think that recovery is not possible for you or that life will never be different – you have the power to change that. It will mean going against everything that your eating disorder is telling you and will be the hardest thing you do, but it will also be the most rewarding. I came across a quote that reads, ‘Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must but take the step’. So today I urge you to take that step, as painful as that will be – recovery is most definitely worth it.

 I’ve learnt that control isn’t dictated by how little I eat and how thin I get. It’s about doing what’s best for me and my life and having options and opportunities.

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