Inpatient Treatment

Specialist Eating Disorder Unit Inpatient admissions

The NICE guidelines recommend that treatments are delivered within the community where possible. As such, the majority of people receiving treatment from NCEDS complete their entire treatment in the community.  At times, some people will require more intensive support or interventions. Because your progress will be regularly reviewed with you (and your family if appropriate), you will be involved in decisions made about your care and / or whether an inpatient admission may be necessary. 

Patients may be admitted when:

  • their health deteriorates and it is no longer safe for them to be treated in the community
  • they need a specific intervention that can only be delivered in an inpatient unit or
  • adequate outpatient treatment has proved unsuccessful

In making a decision about admission, we will help you weigh up the pros and cons of inpatient treatment in order to decide the most appropriate plan for you. If an admission is necessary to save somebody’s life and they refuse to be admitted, on rare occasions it might be necessary to treat them against their will using the Mental Health Act.

Wherever possible, admissions - and the goals of that admission - should be agreed and planned ahead of time. It is likely that there will be a wait between making the decision to admit and being admitted to a specialist eating disorder unit. The NCEDS team will work with your GP to support you to keep yourself safe during this time. We try to admit patients to units that are best suited to an individuals' needs and is as local as possible. However, if it is not safe to wait for a local bed, we sometimes have to admit to a unit elsewhere in the UK.

Our most frequently used units are Newmarket House Clinic in Norwich, Ward S3 in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge and The Priory in Chelmsford.

If you do need an admission, an NCEDS transition worker will maintain contact with you throughout your admission and obtain regular updates regarding your progress from the treating team.

The page was last updated on 28 December 2017 by mtatham.


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
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Cambridge, CB21 5EF

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