Avalon ward

  • 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.

Interventions include:

  • Key work (psychosocial interventions and motivational work)
  • Dietetics
  • Weight restoration
  • Psychoeducation
  • 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
  • Psychoeducation
  • 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.

Patient information

Recommended resources



  • 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.

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