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Oakwood Psychology Services provides evidence-based outpatient therapies for people aged 18+ with eating disorders.

The areas that we help with include anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, overweight and obesity, complex food phobias, and weight and body image distress.

Our expert team of psychotherapists, CBT therapists and dietitians deliver knowledgeable and effective programmes to assist people with these complex issues regain good health and emotional well-being.


How to Refer:

The Stockport NHS Community Eating Disorder Service is for people aged 18+ living and/or registered with a GP within the Borough of Stockport (SK1 – SK8), with diagnosed eating disorders, with a BMI > 14 and < 40, who are medically and psychiatrically stable.

Patients aged 18+ presenting with BMI < 14 should be referred to Cheadle Royal/Priory Inpatient Eating Disorders Service (0161 428 9511 ext 5070).

Patients aged 16 – 18 presenting with BMI < 14 should be referred to Healthy Young Minds CEDS at pennine.ed@nhs.net (0161 716 4060).

Patients presenting with BMI > 40 should be referred to More Life Specialist Weight Management Programme. Refer to their website for more information or to download the referral form.

People presenting with immediate psychiatric risk should be referred to the Stockport Access Team (0161 419 4678).

Routine investigations should be completed prior to referring patients with the following symptoms:

  • BMI < 16
  • Evidence of rapid weight loss e.g.  > 15% body weight in past 3-6 months or > 1kg a week for past 2 weeks
  • BMI < 17 and current misuse of alcohol, insulin, antacids, diuretics or laxatives
  • BMI < 17 and vomiting several times a week

Investigations should include:

  • Full Blood Count (FBCs)
  • Liver function tests (LFTs)
  • Albumin
  • Urea, Creatinine
  • Electrolytes (especially P, K, Na, Mg)
  • Thyroid function
  • Glucose levels
  • Cardiac function: ECG, QTc
  • Blood Pressure

Medically unstable patients should receive relevant medical treatment and be stabilised before referral to the Community Eating Disorder Service. Oakwood is unable to provide medical care for patients presenting with medical or psychiatric risk. The GP remains responsible for medical management and lab work for all referred patients. If a referral has been made by a service other than a GP, the referrer must make the GP aware that a referral has been made.

We accept referrals from the following professionals:

  • General Practitioners
  • Community Mental Health Teams
  • Healthy Minds
  • Healthy Young Minds
  • Self-help Services
  • Midwives and Health Visitors
  • Tertiary care providers

We do not accept self-referrals.

Download the referral form



If you wish to discuss a referral please call us on 0161 456 6799.

Support for family members, friends and carers:

We also help family members, friends and partners of those who are affected by an eating disorder, providing support services for carers. For more information, visit our Cherish Support Group page.