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Eating Disorder Service (BEDS)

If you feel that you're living with an eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia, we can provide a range of support and treatments.

There are many different forms of eating disorders, and it’s important to know that living with one is nothing to be ashamed of.

It might be that you’re eating too little or too much, or that you’re too focussed on things like body shape and your appearance.

Some disorders may be linked to a mental or physical health condition you have, or a traumatic experience in your life such as stress at work, a loss in your family or pressure from work.

If you have an eating disorder you may see many different symptoms, such as:

  • Skipping meals or avoiding eating in front of others
  • Setting rigid rules about eating, and sticking to them without change
  • Thinking irrational and negative thoughts about eating, such as believing you’ll feel happier if you’re thin
  • Binging and comfort eating as a way to escape stress and negative emotions
  • Making yourself vomit before and after meals
  • Chewing food but spitting it out before swallowing
  • Having an intense fear of gaining weight, and spending a lot of time inspecting yourself in the mirror

These are just some of the symptoms you may see. You can find more information about the signs of an eating disorder from the NHS website.

Visit NHS website for more information about eating disorder symptoms

There are four broad types of eating disorders, which we can offer support for. Use the following guides to find out more:

If you’re living with an eating disorder, we can help you better understand your relationship with food and why you’re making certain decisions about eating.

When you’re referred to us we’ll arrange an assessment appointment with you. We’ll talk with you about your experiences and why you think your eating habits have changed.

Depending on your needs, we may offer a range of treatment options to support you, such as:

  • Therapy sessions, either one to one with our specialists, or group sessions including your family and carers
  • Dietetic sessions to assess your nutritional needs  
  • Access to our Support Hope and Recovery Online Network (SHaRON)

SHaRON

SHaRON provides a safe and secure digital environment where service users, clinicians, ex-service users, volunteers and other professionals can communicate.

Visit SHaRON support for Eating Disorders website

You need to be aged 18 or over and be registered with a GP in the Berkshire area to access our service.

Your GP or healthcare professional can refer you to us through our Common Point of Entry (CPE) system.

If you're 17 or younger, or you're a parent or guardian concerned about a young person, you can find support from our CYPF Eating Disorder service.

Visit CYPF Berkshire Eating Disorder service webpage

Unfortunately, we don’t accept self referrals. You can still however read our self-help resources for advice on things like meal planning and understanding calories.

Our service is provided in our two main hubs in Maidenhead and Reading.

Please do not come to our clinics until your GP has confirmed your appointment with us. 

Maidenhead

St. Mark's Hospital
Maidenhead
Berkshire 
SL6 6DU

Phone number Call  01753 638 883

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm Closed Closed

Reading

25 Erleigh Road
Reading
Berkshire 
RG1 5LR

Phone number Call  0118 929 6417

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm Closed Closed

Eating disorders can affect different parts of your day to day life.

The leaflets and resources here can guide you when making decisions about eating and food preparation. 

Eating habits

Nutrition

Lifestyle

If you're concerned for your safety or the safety of others, contact our Crisis Response Team.

Phone number  0300 365 9999

Phone number   0300 365 2000 (Press option 4) (Call charged at your local rate)

Email address   gateway@berkshire.nhs.uk

Alternatively, you can call NHS 111 for free.

Call 111 (free)

Visit NHS111 website

You can also contact our Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT)

Call our Bracknell team: 01344 823 333 
Call our Newbury team: 01635 292 020 
Call our Reading team: 01189 605 612 
Call our Slough team: 01753 690 950 
Call our Wokingham call: 0118 9890 707
Call our Windsor, Ascot & Maidenhead team: 01628 640 200

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