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Eating Disorder Service (BEDS)

It’s important to know that living with an eating disorder 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.

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.

Support for Children and Young People

We also have a dedicated service for young people aged 8-18 living with an eating disorder or have preoccupying worries and difficulties with eating and concerns about their weight and shape.

Visit our CAMHS Eating Disorders service page

Our mental health teams and services, including Talking Therapies, are available if you need support. 

Find out how to access mental health support (opens new browser tab)

You can also find resources and guides on our website to help you if you need more advice.  

Resources to help with your mental health wellbeing (opens new browser tab)

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

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 (opens new browser tab)

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 (opens new browser tab)

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.

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.

Children, Young People, and Families (CYPF) service

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 (opens new browser tab)

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

Call  01753 638 883

Day of the week Time
Monday 9am to 5pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 9am to 5pm
Thursday 9am to 5pm
Friday 9am to 5pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Reading

Erlegh House, University of Reading
Whiteknights Road
RG6 6BZ

Call  0118 214 3257

Day of the week Time
Monday 9am to 5pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 9am to 5pm
Thursday 9am to 5pm
Friday 9am to 5pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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

The leaflets and resources mentioned here are from other charities and support groups. They can guide you when making decisions about eating and food preparation. 

Eating habits

The following guides are from the Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) website.

Nutrition

The following guides are from the Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) website.

Lifestyle

The following guides are from the Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) website.

The following guides are from The Association of UK Dieticians (BDA) website.

Crisis Response Team

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

Call 0300 365 9999

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

Email gateway@berkshire.nhs.uk

Alternatively, you can call NHS 111 for free.

Call 111 (free)

Visit NHS111 website (opens new browser tab)

Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT)

You can also contact our CMHT service

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 0118 9890 707

Call our Windsor, Ascot & Maidenhead team 01628 640 200