New eating disorders Unit to open in Warwick
By Catherine Walker
Work has already started to double the capacity of the Woodleigh Beeches centre in Warwick which provides support to those suffering from bulimia and anorexia. The new 15-bed unit will open next year.
Currently a team of 35 offer services which include medical treatment, nursing care, individual and group therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. The clinical care is led by Dr. Tony Winston, a specialist eating disorder consultant psychiatrist.
‘The expansion of this service is a very exciting opportunity to improve services for people who experience the pain and distress that an eating disorder can bring, reach more people and provide a vital lifeline to many people currently receiving treatment outside Coventry and Warwickshire, but who would like to receive their inpatient care here’ said Dr. Winston.
Redecoration will be carried out to improve the privacy and dignity of patients. These patients stay at the unit for several weeks whilst they receive treatment to restore body weight and deal with the physical and mental implications of their condition.
Dr. Winston added ‘The dedicated staff team here are looking forward to having new facilities aailable in which they can offer a more extensive service’.
The unit will be one of only three in the country which helps suffers from bulimia and anorexia. As well as the inpatient service at Woodleigh Beeches, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust also provides a community-based service at the Canal Basin in Coventry.