We were thrilled to host our Eating Disorders open day in January to showcase our specialist service and new Avalon Ward.
Based in the brand new Trinity Building, the ward provide a highly specialist in-patient national service for adults, both male and female, diagnosed with a severe eating disorders, mainly Anorexia Nervosa.
Key partners from across the region including south London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent as well as NHS England, local ICB Colleagues and our local councillors, as well as SLP colleagues, attended morning presentations consisting of our journey from the old to new facilities, a service update, patient story, overview of South London Partnership and Q&A.
Dr Ewa Zadeh, Avalon Ward Consultant said:
We are so proud of our new facilities and the progress we have made as a service to enable and support our patients with nutritional improvement, health, and wellbeing and also to help them continue their recovery in the community. Events like this enable us to share best practice with peers and bring partners together to work more collaboratively, which helps with positive change in our practice.
Following the morning presentations, attendees then went on a tour of the ward, before a ‘market place’ event was opened consisting of stalls made up of different teams within the Eating Disorders service. This was open to other colleagues, members of the public, patients and our Involvement Team.
Stef Looker, Avalon Ward Matron said:
Events like this are also a fantastic way for us to showcase the various components of the eating disorders service beyond Avalon ward and interventions such as: Nurse led treatments, Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Enhanced Treatment Team and outreach, Day Unit and, of course our approach to service user involvement. It provides everyone with the chance to meet us, find out more and ask questions.
We are delighted that attendees enjoyed the event and agreed to continue some of the discussions longer term.
The event was a fitting way to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the first Avalon Ward.
You can find out more about the service.