Eating Disorder Service for Young People

Our Young People's Community Eating Disorder Service provides assessment, treatment and support for young people with eating disorders and their families.

Our service aims to promote the early detection and treatment of eating disorders through a combination of one-to-one support and family therapy, along with support from a qualified dietitian. 

Through our partnership with leading national eating disorder charity Beat, we also work closely with local schools and colleges to raise awareness and support the identification of eating disorders amongst pupils and staff.

Who is our service for?

Our service is for children and young people age eight to 18 living in Bolton and Wigan who have symptoms of an eating disorder. 

This could be one of a number of types of eating disorder, such as Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder or 'other specified feeding or eating disorder' known as OSFED.

Who do we work in partnership with?

Our Young People's Community Eating Disorder Service works in partnership with leading national eating disorder charity Beat and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.

How to access our service

If you think you may have an eating disorder, make an appointment to see your GP. He or she will be able to talk through your symptoms with you and if appropriate, make a referral to our service for you for an assessment. We will consider a self-referral. Please call the service on 01942 764428 to discuss.

We also accept referrals from teachers, school nurses, social workers and other health professionals. Find more information on this here.

What will happen at your first appointment?

Your first appointment will be an initial screening and assessment with one of our specialist mental health practitioners. This will take place at our service hub at Platt Bridge Health Centre in Platt Bridge, Wigan.

Following your initial assessment, your on-going appointments will be held at a clinic within your borough so you can access support close to home.

At your first appointment, the practitioner will have a chat with you and your family about the difficulties you have been having and how they have been affecting you. This appointment usually takes around two hours and will help us to develop a care plan to suit you and your family.

As a patient

As a service user, relative or carer using our services, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice, and support. 

Find resources for carers and service users  Contact the Trust