Information for inpatients


Friends and relatives can contact you at the following address:

S3 Ward
Addenbrooke's Hospital
T 01223 216944

There is also a patient phone on 01223 412785.

There is an expectation that mobile phones are not used during meal times, supervision and during the therapeutic programme. Visiting hours are flexible at the weekend, and usually after 4pm during the week. Visitors are asked not to come at mealtimes or post-mealtimes as it is part of the therapeutic programme. Visitors are not allowed into the patients' rooms but can see patients in either an interview room or the quiet room.

What to bring

  • Clothes
  • Things to do
  • Personal knick-knacks, etc
  • Current medication to be handed to the nurses
  • Music, books, etc

What not to bring

  • Duvet or pillow
  • Anything sharp, including razor blades, needles or scissors
  • Scales
  • Food or drink


  • There is a laundry room that can be used between the hours of 9am-9pm.
  • There is a TV, video and DVD player in the large, spacious lounge area. This facility can be used during reasonable hours.
  • There are plenty of books, CDs, DVDs, games and jigsaw puzzles.
  • When patients are physically more stable, there is a garden that can be used.

Mealtimes and supervision

Each patient is given a meal plan on admission that is discussed with the dietitian and primary nurse. This plan is regularly reviewed. Patients eat together at set meal and snack times. As patients gain the ability to eat independently and safely, they will sit unsupported.

After each meal and snack patients have post-meal supervision and support in the sitting room. Time is allowed to digest the food eaten and to rest. After this patients are free to go to their rooms.

Assessment and progress

Ward round

Each patient is reviewed every month by the ward team headed by a Consultant Psychiatrist. Parents/carers or partners are encouraged to attend. Usually those attending the meeting are a consultant psychiatrist, the Senior House Officer, the dietitian, the primary nurse and/or the nurse in charge of the shift, and anyone else involved in the care of the patient, (ie, psychologist, occupational therapist).


From time to time, bloods are taken to determine any physical problems associated with the eating disorder and low weight.


This happens twice a week. It is optional whether or not you see your weight. Weight is measured in kilogrammes and is converted to BMI (Body Mass Index). This is used along with weight history to determine a goal weight.


Patients will start on a standard meal plan one, and progress to the second and third and so on in discussion with the dietitian and the team. Typically graded dietary increases are at weekly intervals. As the patient progresses with gradual and safe weight gain, a diet plan will be developed to suit their own individual energy requirements.


Exercise is restricted at the beginning. It will gradually increase in accordance with weight gain with the aim of a balance between healthy dietary intake and appropriate levels of exercise.

Home leave

Home leave is a particularly important part of treatment as this gives the individual the opportunity to put into practice the skills learnt on the ward, and to highlight any specific difficulties. This will happen when physical health is improved.

Discharge and aftercare

During treatment each patient is gradually given back responsibility for his or her nutrition, and for living their lives with the aim of being able to manage once they are discharged.

Throughout each stage of your stay, there is continuous assessment of individual needs. Following discharge from the ward, patients who live locally are supported by our community service. A community therapist will be allocated and appropriate therapeutic input will be agreed upon.

A planning meeting is held to evaluate the aftercare resources available and to ensure that these are in place.

Before final discharge, the ward will liaise with those who are to be involved in the patient's aftercare, and will provide information and a summary report of the admission.

The page was last updated on 06 February 2017 by andrea.bateman.


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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