Sunrise Ward – Eating Disorders Unit

Gender: Female

Age: 18+

Beds: 14

Sunrise Ward at Cygnet Hospital Ealing provides a highly specialised eating disorder service for women, including those with extremely low BMIs. We focus on supporting individuals to attain a healthy BMI and prepare for a return to home.

We support individuals in a safe and homely environment. We engage with them to help diminish their distress and help them achieve a better quality of life. For most individuals this will involve the reduction of emotional behaviours associated with the eating disorder psychopathology and acquiring new skills necessary for surviving emotional crises, regulating emotions and improving interpersonal effectiveness.

Emily’s Journey

In this case study read about Emily’s journey from being admitted to Cygnet Hospital Ealing with a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa to her discharge home and a new career as an occupational therapy assistant at Cygnet Hospital Maidstone.

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The service is able to admit individuals with extremely low BMIs and the team are highly experienced in providing naso-gastric feeding, where this is deemed the most appropriate intervention and part of an agreed plan.

“It is not often that I am lost for words, but I truly cannot find the right ones to express my gratitude for the chance to live again that you have given me.”Service user

“This place is amazing! My daughter spent 7 months there. She was suffering from Anorexia and was extremely ill. The staff were fantastic, kind and sympathetic. After a while, when she started gaining weight, she was gradually allowed home for one night and then as she progressed she came home more and more. I can’t thank ALL the staff enough for what they did to help my daughter, she couldn’t have been in a better place for recovery. I can highly recommend Cygnet Hospital Ealing.”Parent

Our service user profile:

  • Primary diagnosis of eating disorder
  • May be detained under the Mental Health Act or informal
  • Dual diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • May be detained under the Mental Health Act or informal
  • Extremely low BMI
  • May have co-morbid presentations including:
    • Self-harm
    • Self-neglect
    • History of substance misuse
    • Complex behaviours that challenge
    • Other associated complex needs
  • May have a history of trauma and/or abuse
  • May require nasogastric feeding
  • Able to accept men where appropriate

“I can’t begin to express how amazing you have all been, I was in a very dark, difficult place. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”Service user

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