What is an Eating Disorder?
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. Eating disorders affect over 725,000 men and women in the UK.
Who we are
The Eating Disorder Service for Adults (EDSA) is a specialist service embedded within the adult community and mental health teams covering Somerset.
The clinical team consists of
- Clinical Nurse Specialists/Eating Disorder Locality Leads (EDLL)
- Consultant Psychiatrist
- Psychologists including a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Principal Clinical Psychologist/Specialist Family Worker and Clinical Psychologist/CBT Therapist
- Specialist Dietitians
The clinical team is managed by an Operational Services Manager and supported by a Medical Secretary and Clinical Administrator.
What we do
Our main role is to provide specialist support in the community to service users with an eating disorder.
Other aspects of our role include:
- Specialist assessment, support and advice for sufferers.
- Specialist nutrition advice.
- Specialist treatment options, including psychological therapies.
- Education and support for families and carers of those with an eating disorder.
- Support & training for community mental health teams working with people with eating disorders.
- Liaison with other services such as GP’s, inpatient units and voluntary organisations.
Please see our Operational Protocol for full details.
How you can access these services
In order to access our service your GP will need to refer you to the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT). You will be allocated a Care Coordinator who will liaise with one of the Eating Disorder Locality Leads (EDLL), who will offer you an initial assessment. Unfortunately we cannot take referrals from any other source, including self referrals and GP’s directly.
Your assigned EDLL will work closely with you throughout your involvement with the service and organise input from other members of the team as needed.
We aim to see all new referrals received from the Community Mental Health Teams within four weeks.
Where can you access these services?
Once a referral has been received from your GP; an initial assessment will be offered at one of the following Community Mental Health Team bases:
- The Bridge, Wells
- Holly Court, Yeovil
- Glanville House, Bridgwater
- Foundation House, Taunton
Priory Health Park
Wells BA5 1TJ
Tel: 01749 836600
Yeovil BA20 2BN
Tel: 01935 428420
Bridgwater TA6 5AT
Tel: 01278 720220
Taunton TA2 7PQ
If you would like to comment on our service please email EDService@sompar.nhs.uk
Eating Disorders can be beaten - help is available
Eating disorders are treatable conditions and full recovery is possible. If you are suffering from an eating disorder or know somebody who is, talk to your GP or voluntary organisations such as
SWEDA (Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorder Association)
Tel: 01749 34 33 44 SWEDA Website
B-EAT (Beating Eating Disorders)
Tel: 0345 634 1414 B-EAT Website
If you would like further general information about eating disorders and treatment please refer to the NHS Choices website.