St Ann's Eating Disorders Service

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A national specialist service providing out-patient and specialist in-patient care (Phoenix Unit), including day care (Russell Unit) and community liaison service.

The Eating Disorder Service is a national specialist centre based at St Ann’s Hospital in the London Borough of Haringey. It provides care and treatment to people aged 18+ with a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.

Outpatient treatment

The Specialist Eating Disorder Outpatient service provides assessment and NICE recommended treatments for patients experiencing a range of moderate-to-severe eating disorder symptoms.

The multi-disciplinary team consists of:

  • consultant psychiatrists
  • speciality doctors
  • dieticians
  • psychologists
  • eating disorder nurses
  • occupational therapists

Family therapists and peer support workers can also be contacted by other services for consultation and queries regarding eating disorder management.  

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
t: 020 8702 6240

The treatments provided are: 

  • Specialist Specific clinical Management (SSCM) 
  • MANTRA (Maudsley Model of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults) 
  • Individual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Bulimia Recovery group 
  • Recovery from Binge Eating Disorder group 
  • Dietetic Nutritional Insight Group 
  • Medical Reviews 
  • Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment as part of an intensive package, for SEED patients and for FREED patients.
  • Physical Health Monitoring is available for a limited amount of time for those with Severe and Enduring Eating Disorders (SEED) that require regular monitoring with eating disorder specific support for medical stabilisation.
  • Weekly Peer Support Group
  • Individual Peer support sessions - up to three sessions. 

The Liaison Team work collaboratively with other services and can support hospital wards, other mental health services and GPs with management of eating disorder patients. They offer urgent assessments for patients who are admitted to hospitals within the catchment area.  

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
t: 020 8702 6240

Inpatient treatment

Iris ward is a 20-bed acute inpatient unit for adult men and women, located in Blossom Court at St Ann’s Hospital. It is a purpose-designed adult eating disorder ward that provides treatment for critically unwell eating disorders for patients in need of refeeding and medical stabilisation. 

Treatment is provided by an extensive MDT including:

  • medics
  • nurses
  • occupational therapists
  • dietitians 
  • psychologists
  • activity coordinators
  • social workers
  • art therapists
  • family therapists. 

Iris ward is part of the North London adult eating disorders collaborative in which it shares joint inpatient commissioning and bed management.

Opening Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
t: 020 8702 6240

t: ext. 3864 / 3640 for Phoenix Wing WARD

Day programme

This is provided via an intensive therapeutic group programme, operating Monday to Friday, 10am-3.30pm. 

The day programme is a group-based programme available to patients across mainland UK. The programme provides an intensive six-week group treatment programme for patients with an eating disorder. The day service provides the opportunity for intensive intervention in the community, enabling choices for the least restrictive environment for care. 

The team includes input from nursing, occupational therapy, associate mental health workers, medical, art therapy, psychology and dietetics.

The programme offers a range of group treatments by various mental health professionals including:

  • nutrition education
  • physical health management
  • practical life skills
  • art therapy.

Alongside the group programme, the structure of the programme is based around supported meals and snacks. 

The aims of the Day programme are:

  • to provide a specialist evidence-based and service user collaborative treatment for Anorexia Nervosa.
  • to offer a step-down programme from the inpatient ward, with a focus on transitions. 
  • to ensure that restoration of a normal eating pattern and a healthy weight is linked with psychological improvement and recovery.
  • weight restoration.
  • normalisation of eating behaviour and reduction of eating disorder behaviours and symptoms.
  • increasing psychological understanding of eating disordered behaviour.
  • practical and psychological processes for making and maintaining changes to disordered eating, thoughts and behaviours
  • to support integration into the community and plan for post treatment support, which may or may not be within the service.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
t: 020 8702 6240

t: ext. 3882 for the Day Hospital

Eligibility criteria


  • aged 18 and over
  • primary diagnosis of an eating disorder (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder)

How to refer

The following clinicians can refer to this service: GPs

EMIS form

Referral methods: Email

Referrals are accepted directly from GPs or secondary care mental health services.

A referral form can be found in ISL EMIS under:

ISL global documents > Mental Health > Eating Disorder Unit St Anne's Referral Form

Include blood results (all referrals) and ECG details (BMI <15)

Return the form via secure email: 

For any queries relating to the referral process, call 020 8702 6240 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).

Editable PDF / Word document Download Form

Please complete the referral form and send by email.


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