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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21402: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 4 February 2019

To ask the Scottish what dedicated services each NHS board offers for treating eating disorders, broken down by location.

Answered by: Clare Haughey 4 March 2019

In Scotland, a range of eating disorder services are provided in line with clinical good practice across community, primary care and specialist services for children, adolescents and adults. All NHS Boards will keep such services under review and are working towards shorter waiting times, and better outcomes, for patients.

The vast majority of people with eating disorders will be treated in the community, with support provided by primary care or community mental health teams. There will also be support links to more specialist care where appropriate. For a small number of people, admission to an Inpatient Unit may be necessary, and can be clinically appropriate for those people with serious Eating Disorders.