Eat­ing dis­or­ders unit planned

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

great news for pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.

“It will have a huge im­pact.”

There is no in­pa­tient cen­tre in Auck­land, so some pa­tients are sent to Syd­ney for treat­ment.

“It means all the peo­ple who care about them will be close by.

“There’s not the daunt­ing thought of hav­ing to jump on a plane.”

She says hav­ing the cur­rent day-stay ser­vices un­der the same um­brella as the new in­pa­tient cen­tre will also have ben­e­fits.

“This way the right hand knows what the left hand is do­ing.”

Mr Ryall says it will take time to get the ser­vices fully op­er­a­tional, with the re­cruit­ment of new staff a high pri­or­ity.

“We know that spe­cial­ist eat­ing dis­or­der treat­ments need a highly skilled work­force. Some of this fund­ing will be used for train­ing and in­creas­ing the spe­cial­ist work­force.”

No de­ci­sion has been made on where the fa­cil­ity will be lo­cated.

The fund­ing will also add an ex­tra four beds at Starship hospi­tal to treat chil­dren un­der the age of 15 with eat­ing dis­or­ders.

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