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Who we are

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

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 Halton, Knowsley, St Helens and Warrington who have symptoms of an eating disorder.

This could be one of a number of types of eating disorder, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia or eating disorder not otherwise specified (also known as EDNOS).

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 St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS 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 also accept referrals from teachers, school nurses, social workers and other health professionals.

What will happen at your first appointment?

Your first appointment will be an initial screening and assessment with one of our specialist child and adolescent psychiatrists.

This will take place at our Young People and Families' Wellbeing Hub at Whiston Hospital in Knowsley.

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. These locations are:

  • Warrington - The Alders, Winwick, Warrington, WA2 9TN
  • St Helens - Birch Unit, Peasley Cross Hospital, St Helens, WA9 3DA
  • Knowsley - Wellcroft Centre, Huyton, Knowsley, L36 7TA
  • Halton - Thorn Road Clinic, Runorn, WA7 5HQ

At your first appointment, our psychiatrist 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.

Related links

Beat (national eating disorder charity) -

NHS Choices – Eating disorder advice for parents -