Getting into the right treatment in an early stage of an eating disorder is crucial in order to the sufferers get better. Ruth Storey, the Senior Support Worker for eating disorder charity Restored in Bournemouth, said:
“I’m aware of that Dorset has probably one of the best eating disorder facilities in the country.
We’ve got Kimmeridge [Court] locally and us as a charity, whereas in awful lot of times in other parts of the country there is nothing. People have to travel down here to actually have that support.”
In September 2015, it was reported Dorset having one of the highest rates of eating disorder admissions in the United Kingdom.
“Maybe it’s more documented down here because we’ve got the facilities”, she said. HSCIC, who collected the data, states that patient’s home address doesn’t necessarily reflect where the patient was treated. “I know that with NHS’s budgets they’ve had to cut a lot of the beds they provide. Locally, I think they only have six inpatient beds – and here they take people from all over the country.”
Giving that support
“The large majority of people who come to us are in a point where they really want to get better”, Ruth Storey said. In some cases these people haven’t gotten any medical help due to not fitting into certain criteria or the facilities just not being there. “Especially for binge eating disorder, as much as it’s recognised in the NHS, there is no funding to help them; they can’t access help.”
Restored provides services such as group sessions and mentoring for anyone struggling with disordered eating habits. They also run PSHE lessons in schools and colleges.
She said: “With eating disorders, a lot of prevention is an early recognition.”