Having an eating disorder can place you at risk of physical health problems. We have provided some information here to help minimise the risk of problems occurring.

Improving wellbeing

If you have symptoms of an eating disorder it is important that your physical health is monitored by your GP. We would advise booking an appointment with your GP to discuss how frequently this needs to take place. Once you have been assessed, we may make recommendations about your physical monitoring with your GP. Monitoring your health and keeping yourself safe is a fundamental part of the treatment with our service.

Physical ill-health

If you begin to feel physically unwell as a result of your eating disorder, we would recommend that you visit your GP or local A&E department.

Managing a crisis

A crisis in your mental health can lead you to have increasing thoughts about self-harm and suicide which can become so strong that you struggle not to resist acting on them. There are services to support you at these times of crisis:

First Response Service

If you are experiencing something that makes you feel unsafe, distressed or worried about your mental health you can now contact the First Response Service by dialling 111 and selecting option 2. The First Response Service is a 24 hour service for people in a mental health crisis. This service is for anyone, of any age, living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Specially-trained mental health staff will speak to you and discuss your mental health care needs.  

GP surgery

You can contact your GP surgery to book an appointment to discuss how you are feeling.


A confidential listening service for people who are suicidal or in despair. Sometimes what you’d really like is someone just to listen without judging you. Maybe then you’d figure out the answer yourself, or at least have got a load off your mind. That’s what the Samaritans are here for.
Website: www.samaritans.org.uk.
Helpline: 116 123 (24hrs, every day).

Lifeline Cambridge and Peterborough

If you are experiencing emotional distress and urgently need to speak to someone, Lifeline is available seven days a week between 2pm–11pm on freephone 0808 808 2121.

CPFT out-of-hours service

Please call NHS 111 for health advice and support.

Emergency doctor

All GP surgeries have an out-of-hours number that you can call in an emergency. The out-of-hours doctor may assess the situation over the phone, ask you to attend a clinic/service, or may come out to assess the service user. They will be able to arrange any necessary specialist assessments.

Local walk-in centre

Most centres are open 365 days a year and outside office hours. Some newly opened centres may offer different opening hours during their first few months.


If you feel like you need more urgent support to keep yourself safe we would recommend that you use your local A&E department.

The page was last updated on 27 April 2020 by agrosbois.


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