Norwich helped by specialist eating disorders service

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Image caption The specialist service was launched recently in Norwich and will be expanded across Norfolk

Adults with eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia nervosa are being helped by a new specialist service for Norfolk.

The service was pioneered by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT).

CPFT has been given a three-year contract by NHS Norfolk, which is being run by the Norwich-based eating disorder charity Beat.

The first centre is in Norwich and it will soon expand across Norfolk.

CPFT has been running this service since 2004, with in-patient and outpatient services in Cambridge, Peterborough and Huntingdon.

Early detection

Patients are offered specialist assessments by clinical psychologists, advice and a range of psychological treatments.

Francis Burrows from Beat said NHS Norfolk residents will receive better help than previously.

He said: "This new service has a much wider remit and it will support people with bulimia and binge eating disorder, which are the two most common types of eating disorder."

It also aims to provide faster care and treatment before the illness develops and cut the number of referral stages before action is taken.

Dr Madeleine Tatham, consultant clinical psychologist from CPFT, said: "Together with Beat, we hope to ensure the early detection and treatment of eating disorders and to work closely with other services to promote the recovery of people with eating disorders."

There will eventually be nine self-help groups in Norfolk.

GPs and the Norfolk Eating Disorder Association can refer people to the service, or they can directly refer themselves.

Mr Burrows believes the service could be replicated by other NHS trusts around the country.

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