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Wednesday 14 November 2018
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Eating disorders service

Eating Disorders service

Our eating disorder service cares for adults living in Derby City and Derbyshire County with severe eating disorders. The service offers treatment to individuals with anorexia nervosa with a body mass index (BMI) of 16.9 and under. In some circumstances we also see people who present with physical health issues for example Diabetes or Crohn’s disease at higher BMI’s, and severe bulimia with physical health risks or those who are rapidly losing weight.

The team is based at Unity Mill in Belper but in order to make the service as accessible as possible to the communities we serve, the team travel to healthcare settings across the city and county. 

We are the gateway for admissions to specialist inpatient units and regularly liaise with commissioners to ensure admissions are timely and appropriate. We have close working relationships with the local regional inpatient unit at Leicester. We also have a good working relationship with the gastroenterology team at the Royal Derby Hospital and arrange brief re-feeding admissions as an option if deemed appropriate.

Find out more about eating disorders, the causes and how it affects people on our eating disorders explained page.

Working in partnership with First Steps Derbyshire

Our Eating Disorders service works closely with First Steps Derbyshire to provide targeted intensive practical support in the community to enable service users to receive a specialist eating disorders pathway to progress towards recovery.

This joint service provides home and community supportive interventions from a variety of options agreed by the care co-ordinator as part of the Care Programme Approach (CPA) process and may include: social activities, for example going to the cinema or for a walk, confidence building (around your needs), food shopping, preparing meals, eating at home or in public, volunteering and support to get back into work and/or education.


Click on the links below for more information:


Useful telephone numbers:

  • Focus line - 08000 272 127

  • NHS 111 Service - 111

  • Mind - 0181 522 1728

  • Mind Advocacy - 01332 772300

  • Samaritans - 116 123

  • Carers Helpline - 0860 883 686

  • PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service) - 08000 272 128


Unity Mill
Derwent Street
DE56 1WN

Tel: 01773 881467