Eating Disorders

This service is designed to help individuals, and their families/carers, overcome a range of different eating disorders, including Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa. We treat people of all ages from across Dorset (including Bournemouth and Poole).

If you are struggling with an eating-related problem which is affecting your health, you can access this service by contacting your GP. We provide a number of evidence-based treatments, tailored to the needs of the individual. These include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), family therapy, motivational interviewing and interpersonal therapy, as well as body image and self-esteem therapies.

Treatment takes place mainly on an outpatient basis, though some people may require day and/or inpatient treatment depending on their needs. Treatment is provided on a 1-1 basis, in groups and with families – again, linked to the requirements of the individual. Our experienced team includes specialist nurses, doctors, occupational therapists, dietitians family therapists and psychologist.

Referrals to the service can also be made by any health or social care professional. Self-referral and parental referral are also accepted by the service.

Family members and/or carers play a key role in the recovery process. If you are concerned about the eating habits of a loved one, you can contact their GP directly.

Follow our FREED pathway Instagram account @freedfromeddorset for resources, useful reminders and more details of our carers groups

Support for carers

We work with the charity BEAT to provide carers support. Please contact us via email ( or call 0300 019 1771 for more information.

The service offers guided self-help for overcoming binge eating disorders however it does not offer work specific for obesity/weight loss.

It is recommended that you see your GP or community dieticians. Your GP can refer on to specialist services if required.

Carer skills workshop

The carers skills workshop is run online across two days at regular intervals throughout the year. The skills explored are based upon the Maudsley Method which uses evidence-based research and personal experience to deliver helpful information to carers of loved ones with eating disorders.

The training which combines delivery of clinical research, practical skills and tips, and an opportunity to share ideas and experiences, is delivered in a supportive online environment by experienced eating disorder clinicians.

Contact 0300 019 1771 or email to find out more and the dates of the next workshop.


Dorset All Age Eating Disorders Service - Spring Court

Spring Court,
Kings Park Hospital,
Gloucester Road,

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

Opening Times: Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00

Dorset All Age Eating Disorders Service - Trinity Court

Trinity Court,
20 Trinity Street,

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Available in nearby NCP car park

Disabled Access: Yes

Opening Times: Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00


Inpatient Eating Disorders Service (Poole - St Ann's Hospital)

Kimmeridge Court,
69 Haven Road,
BH13 7LN

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

Opening Times: 24 hours 7 days a week

Visiting Times:
The unit is flexible with visiting hours and encourages visits outside of meal times and therapeutic groups please contact unit to clarify.
Monday to Friday: 19.00-20.45 is always available.
Saturday-Sunday and Bank holidays: The unit encourages visits and outings at weekends so please contact the unit to clarify to avoid clashes with therapeutic activities.

Young Persons Eating Disorder Service (12-18 years) River Lodge - Wareham

River Lodge,
Wareham Hospital,
Streche Road,
BH20 4QQ

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River lodge Service runs multifamily therapy with young people with eating disorders.

Wifi: yes

Parking: yes

Disabled parking: yes

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9-5pm

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