Introduction

The Chimneys Clinic is a 12-bedded inpatient and day care hospital located in Suffolk specialising in the treatment of acute, severe or enduring eating disorders in men and women aged 18+.

Our service is suitable for individuals detained under the Mental Health Act 2007, subject to a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding (DoLS) or willing to receive treatment informally. We employ an extensive multidisciplinary team (MDT) of Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, General ­Practitioner, Gastroenterologist, Occupational Therapists, ­ Dietician, Nurses, Therapy Assistants, Advocates and ex­perienced Support Workers.

Our MDT works collaboratively to develop bespoke treatment plans designed to meet each individual’s specific needs. Every patient will work with the team to develop a daily programme of activities and appointments, including medical and nursing reviews, individual and group based psychological treatment sessions, Occupational Therapy sessions, complimentary therapies (horticultural therapy, mindfulness, reflexology and animal therapy) and recreational activities.

In addition to our extensive residential areas, we also provide a separate medical examination room to support individual privacy and dignity. Our purpose-built clinical and Occupational Therapy suite is in very close proximity to the residential areas.

Many of our patients will present with a very low BMI (Body Mass Index) and additional physical health complications such as hypocalcemia, epilepsy, osteoporosis, brady­cardia & ­dysrhythmia. Some of our patients will need to have their blood analysed daily or require ­nasogastric tube feeding treatment.

Additionally, we can support individuals with a pre-existing mental illness, for example; bi-polar affective disorder, personality disorder and other mental disorders.

Our MDT will always consider the biological, psycho­logical, social and environmental factors that may have contributed to the development of the eating disorder and address co-morbidities such as anxiety, depression, self-injurious behaviour and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).