Before you come in for an assessment we will ask you to fill in and return some questionnaires and consent forms. This gives us additional information about things like your family, how you are feeling, eating behaviours and attitudes, and helps us to prepare for your assessment. Some of the questionnaires will be repeated throughout treatment so that we can make sure that your child is making progress and we'll share the results with you and your family.
Your initial assessment will be at Chalkhill, which is on the Princess Royal Hospital site in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. This normally takes between two and two and a half hours.
Our team includes experienced eating disorder specialists. We'll ask you and your child some questions about how they're feeling and the difficulties they are experiencing. We'll also talk about your goals. This assessment will help us understand more about your family and your needs and together we will decide on the best package of care, treatment and support for you. When we talk about your family we mean the young person, parents, carers and any other children you may have.
We will check your child's height and weight and we'll also do some other physical health checks such as blood tests, blood pressure check and and an ECG (heart test).
After your assessment, if we have treatment that is suitable for you, we’ll talk to you and your family about where you would like your next appointments to be. It could be at one of our local clinics or somewhere in your community.
All treatment and support is tailored to you and your family. It may include regular family meetings (weekly at first, reducing as things improve), individual sessions, group treatment sessions with the whole family and parent/carer skills workshops.
During treatment you will work with an experienced multi-disciplinary team of clinicians. You may see a psychiatrist or paediatrician and you may also be prescribed medication, including supplements and multivitamins.
Research has shown that young people who are able to recover at home have fewer relapses and are more likely to sustain long-term recovery than those who are admitted to hospital. However, if we believe it is in the best interest of your child we may advise admission to hospital.