Eating disorder cases on the rise

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A WIGAN health chief who helped set up a pioneering scheme to assist young people with eating disorders says an joint approach to care is the key after figures revealed a rise in hospital cases.

Dr Sandeep Ranote, a consultant psychologist at the 5 Boroughs Trust, set up the current integrated system in Wigan, which has proved so successful it is planning to use the same approach elsewhere in the region.

Reports recently revealed that hospital admissions have risen eight per cent and while clinicians have noticed a small rise at Wigan Infirmary, Dr Ranote insists help is at hand.

She said: “It’s very difficult to say what the cause of the perceived rise in cases is, but what it has done is raise awareness of the issues and the success of the integrated approach we have seen here in Wigan borough.

“We’ve been running an integrated approach pathway with our partners in the borough for eight years and it has ensured young people and their families are getting the care they need. It means people are getting the help they need in the community and now hope to roll this out across the rest of the 5 Boroughs in the future.

“Healthcare used to be very fragmented and by ensuring a team is on hand to cover all aspects of care it means that people who need help, be it psychologically or in some cases physically, perhaps in hospital, that they are dealing with one team from the moment of referral. This was the vision I had when we started out and it is one we hope to be able to implement all over.”

The data, from the Health and Social Care Information Centre, showed there were 2,560 admissions.

That compares with 2,370 in 2011-12 - which was a rise of 16 per cent on the previous year.

The eating disorder charity Beat said the figures were “just the tip of the iceberg” as many people did not seek treatment.