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"My eating disorder"

About: Barnsley Hospital GPs in Barnsley Riverdale Grange Clinic

(as the patient),

Back in 2017 I found myself struggling with an eating disorder that was the result of a running injury and my own desire to achieve what I perceived to be a ‘perfect’ figure. Unfortunately my eating disorder spiralled really very quickly and I was hospitalised in July 2018 as I became very unwell. The team at Barnsley Hospital recognised I needed inpatient support and were able to get me an inpatient bed at Riverdale Grange. 

Eating disorders are so misunderstood. Nothing frustrates me more than the DSM-5 criteria as I was struggling with anorexia and disordered eating way before my BMI dropped to a dangerously low level. I was rejected by my GP on several occasions for treatment, and not considered a priority for referral to psychiatric services as my behaviours weren’t considered destructive enough. So naturally I put myself on a warpath after that to prove I was sick enough to deserve treatment. Still I am very grateful for the ANP at my surgery who was quick to admit me after a routine check up - they showed the most understanding of anyone to that point, let me cry it out in the surgery with them and then helped me into a taxi to Barnsley Hospital. 

I am thrilled to say I am now in a very good place with my eating disorder which must be attributed to the efforts of the staff at Riverdale Grange and my own determination. 

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Response from Leah Ousley, Service Director (Adults and Adolescent services), Riverdale Grange 14 months ago
Leah Ousley
Service Director (Adults and Adolescent services),
Riverdale Grange
Submitted on 07/06/2021 at 09:26
Published on Care Opinion at 13:22

Thank you for taking the time to write and submit your story which includes your experience of Riverdale Grange - as a service we are always looking to improve and feedback from people who have first hand experience of our service is incredibly valuable in helping us to do this.

In particular we were really pleased to hear that you are doing well and that you found your care and treatment with us to have been supportive of your recovery; we work really hard to facilitate care and treatment packages which are designed with the person in mind so it is incredibly gratifying to hear that we have got this right for you.

We wish you all the very best in your continued recovery

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Response from Barnsley Hospital 14 months ago
Barnsley Hospital
Submitted on 09/06/2021 at 10:51
Published on at 19:12

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are delighted that you have had a positive experience and we will pass on these comments to the relevant staff.

Kind regards,

Barnsley Hospital

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