I saw this article about the provision of eating disorders treatment in Sheffield http://www.sct.nhs.uk/news-and-events/news/news-articles/1/3030
This article is incredibly self-ingratiating and above all it’s entirely misleading. Sheffield has its very own Eating Disorder In-patient Unit. It is based in Ranmoor and called Riverdale Grange. The Sheffield eating disorders service absolutely refuse to refer patients there, they would rather send them 40 miles away to the NHS eating disorder unit in Leeds. The Sheffield unit is a privately run facility and this appears to be the fundamental problem for St George’s and the Sheffield Primary Care Trust PCT. The monthly costs of patient treatment are almost identical for both units. St. George’s are allowed to refer patients there, but they won’t fund the treatment there. WHY?
This back-slapping article about how wonderful ED treatment in Sheffield is also conveniently side-steps the fact that they are one of the few services in all of the UK that still sends patients to acute psychiatric wards for in-patient treatment. They do so in spite of NICE guidelines that sufferers of eating disorders should ABSOLUTELY NOT be treated in this units. Our wonderful service in Sheffield sends unfortunate sufferers to these places for one reason only. COST. It’s cheaper by far to do this than treat patients as NICE guidelines state.
If you live in Sheffield and have an eating disorder you have the right to absolutely refuse to go to an acute psychiatric unit. Demand to go to a proper eating disorder unit. Demand to go to Sheffield’s own unit and not be sent 40 miles away. Don’t forget that Riverdale Grange in a recent audit scored higher than Leeds for its success rates. You have rights even though you are ill. Complain to your MP, write to the newspapers. Make yourself heard. It’s time the eating disorder community had a voice. Don’t listen to the local propaganda and the NHS mafia. Don’t believe me. Find out for yourself. Do your research and then speak out. We won’t take this kind of treatment any longer Sheffield PCT and St. George’s. It’s time for some straight talking.