Eating disorders unit planned
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.