GP’s are key to identifying children and young people with eating disorders and supporting them into treatment early for the best prognosis. Eating disorders are frequently hidden and very confusing for children and adolescents making early consultations with the GP difficult. Parents and carers are frequently required in the consultation and their view of their Childs thoughts, behaviours and physical changes will be critical in helping to decide if there is a potential eating disorder present.
All children and young people with a potential eating disorder will be prioritised for assessment in GGC CAMHS..
Even early, sub threshold presentations of eating disorder can be associated with health impairment and physiological complications including growth retardation, pubertal delay and deficiencies in bone mineral acquisition, as well as significant psychological distress and impairment, equivalent full threshold illnesses and are therefore treated as urgently in CAMHS.
Patients may have this information regarding their GP appointment
Do not hesitate to telephone your locality CAMHS team or phone the Connect-Eating Disorder team on 0141 277 7407
School staff are often key in recognising that a young person is suffering from an eating disorder and then supporting them in maintaining their education and social development whilst they are in treatment. The eating disorder charity offers training to schools
If you would like training for your school or GP practice please contact the Connect-eating disorder team on 0141 2777407