Avalon ward is an 18 bed ward for adults with very severe eating disorders who are unable to make a change in the community. The ward is a highly specialist mixed gender inpatient service for people from all over the UK.
- Base: Springfield University Hospital
- Service Type: Adult Community Services
- Service Contact: Avalonwardadmin@swlstg.nhs.uk
- Service Category: Inpatient
- Address: 2nd Floor Trinity Building, Springfield University Hospital, 15 Springfield Drive, London, SW17 0YF
- Reception hours: 24hrs, but please contact the ward for visiting times.
- Reception phone number: 02035136626 or 0203516338
About our care
On admission to Avalon ward:
- All patients will be offered orientation to the ward, a welcome pack, a clear explanation of the ward regime around mealtimes, and a programme of activities, groups, and therapies.
- All patients will be allocated a primary nurse or keyworker.
- All patients will receive an individual care plan which includes a risk management plan developed in collaboration with them, based on a multi-disciplinary teamassessment of their needs.
- All patients, if necessary, will have a bespoke search care plan based on least restrictive practices and in line with the Trust's search policy.
- All patients will have a full medical assessment including bloods and ECG over and above the physical monitoring required by the Trust.
- Physical health checks are carried out and recorded (as per a patient's care plan) on admission and throughout the patient's stay
- All patients will have a dietary prescription (from either medical staff or a dietician) on admission.
- Key work (psychosocial interventions and motivational work)
- Weight restoration
- Relapse prevention
- Individual occupational therapy (OT) assessment and home visits
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) psychology group
- 1:1 psychological formulation
- Family therapy
- Social work
- Therapeutic eating
- Community meetings
- Meal Ppeparation and cookery skills
- Physical health assessment and monitoring
- Occupational therapy assessments including ADL (activities of daily living) and sensory profiling
- Nasogastric feeding
- Social work
Who is this service for?
Avalon ward is for patients with very severe eating disorders who are unable to make/sustain changes from outpatient treatment.
Referrals and access
Referrals to Avalon ward are made by a specialist outpatient adult eating disorders service and on some occasions other inpatient eating disorders services or medical wards.
Referrals for an inpatient admission should be sent to: AdultsEatingDisordersTeam@swlstg.nhs.uk.
- Rehabilitate, Rewire, Recover! Anorexia recovery for the determined adult by Tabitha Farrar
- Skills-based Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder: The New Maudsley Method by Janet Treasure, Grainne Smith and Anna Crane
- Supporting Autistic People with Eating Disorders: A Guide to Adapting Treatment and Supporting Recovery by Kate Tchanturia
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Eating Disorders in Young People: A Parent’s Guide by Riccardo Grave and Carine Khazen.
Online skills resources:
- https://newmaudsleycarers-kent.co.uk/new-maudsley-carers/ — an online resource with a workbook manual that follows the same model of carer support that our service uses. Also includes short instructional videos.
- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTU41DgXJV3KYD8zEKykIxQ/video — an online resource developed within our service with interviews with one of our consultant psychiatrists and carers.
- https://peacepathway.org — a website developed within our service to support people with eating disorders and autism.
- https://firststepsed.co.uk/ — there are a number of informational resources on this site about understanding eating disorders.
- Videos on carer experiences: https://vimeo.com/757484125
- Videos on patient experiences: https://thehumanaspect.com