The eating disorder advanced intervention team provide is a tertiary service for patients with an eating disorder whose needs cannot be met by the secondary mental health teams due to the intensity and severity of symptoms and associated risk.
In addition the EDAIT can work jointly with the community mental health team (CMHT) to provide care or provide consultancy to the CMHT where required. The team acts as the link for patients who need admitted to the Regional Eating Disorder Inpatient Unit at St Johns Hospital in Livingston.
Referrals come from general practitioners, CMHTs or other mental health services. The service does not accept direct patient referrals. If you are concerned that you may have an eating disorder we would advise that you make an appointment with primary care to discuss next steps.
The team consists of the following disciplines and support workers:
- Consultant Psychiatrist
- Clinical Psychologist
- Specialist Dietician
- Nurse Therapist
- Psychology Assistant
- Dietetic Assistant
- Team Secretary
The team actively provides advanced solutions for patients with eating disorders whose needs cannot be met within secondary care. The team is multidisciplinary consisting of medical, psychology, dietetic and nursing input. The main focus of our teams work is the treatment of severe episodes of anorexia nervosa. We can work with patients with bulimia if there presentation is complex and they are in need of physical intervention and support. Referral to the service is usually required if the person is thought to have a serious eating disorder that needs intensive input.
If referred, the team will consider the referral and if appropriate offer an assessment appointment. At that appointment we ask about how difficulties with eating first developed and how it impacts upon current daily life and the lives of those involved supporting the person. Following this we will establish collaborative treatment goals. We will also complete some physical checks such as weight, blood pressure, height and temperature and will also complete some blood tests.
Support for carers/self-help
These are specifically for people experiencing difficulties with disordered eating.