Nation-wide eating disorder programmes at St. Patrick's

Eating disorder programmes at St Patrick's

The Eating Disorders Programme at St Patrick’s Mental Health Services provides assessment, treatment and care planning for adults who suffer from a range of eating disorders to include anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), binge eating disorder (BED) and other specified feeding and eating disorders (OSFED).

Eating disorder programmes at St Patrick's

The service comprises outpatient, inpatient and day care programmes, all of which are provided by a team of experienced clinicians and led by a consultant psychiatrist.

  • Outpatient Service

    The outpatient service is located in the Dean Clinic in St Patrick’s hospital, where service users can access a comprehensive mental health and eating disorder assessment. In addition, individual interventions and therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychology, Maudsley Model of AN treatment for Adults (MANTRA), dietetics, family work and mental health reviews are also provided.

  • Inpatient service

    Inpatient treatment is offered to service users who are not responding to outpatient treatments and require a more supportive environment to help manage their recovery. The focus of the inpatient programme is on medical and mental health stabilisation, along with motivational enhancement work.

  • Day care service

    Admission to the day care service is either directly as a step-down from inpatient care or step-up from outpatient care. The day service is an alternative to hospitalisation for those who need extra support but can manage with a less intensive treatment. 

    The day care service runs from Monday to Friday in St Patrick’s University Hospital, where treatment is provided on a group and individual basis. Interventions include dietetics, body image work, self-esteem, compassion-focused therapy, occupational therapy, social work and mental health reviews. Treatment typically lasts for eight to ten weeks and the days of attendance are reduced over the period of time in accordance with the person’s needs.

Referrals to any of the services, whether outpatient, inpatient or day programme, can be made by the GP. For more information visit  

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