Saturday, 12 April 2014

Save the Richardson Eating Disorder Inpatient Service in Newcastle



I am blogging to ask for your help and support.

Richardson Eating Disorder Service (REDS) provide expert inpatient and outpatient care for people with eating disorders. The service won Clinical Team of the Year at the Beat Awards in March as nominated by the public as a team that never gives up. The service is committed to the care of people with eating disorders and supporting their families.

Despite being an amazing service REDS are currently experiencing the back lash of cuts to mental health services after the contract for inpatient eating disorder treatment went to Tees, Esk and Wear Valley Mental Health Trust leaving REDS without commissioned beds. Having no commissioned beds in the area means that if a person needs a hospital admission they will have to travel to Darlington, however if there are no available beds there a person could be sent even further afield.

Sending a person miles away from home when they are in a vulnerable state can prove to be more detrimental to their condition as they are away from the support of friends, family and carers. Hospitalising a person close to their home will enable them contact with 'real life' and enable a more seamless reintegration into the community when the time comes for it.

REDS has ten beds physically in their unit however these are private beds therefore a person would not automatically be place in them if there is an NHS bed located elsewhere. A campaign has launched to re-commission these beds.

This is something very close to my heart, I know someone really special who needs this care and support.

Please take the time to sign the petition. 


Hannah x


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