Eating Disorders Day Unit

  • The Eating Disorders Day Unit is an intensive treatment service consisting of a week-long (Monday-Friday) group programme which includes both face-to-face and online sessions.

  • Base: Springfield University Hospital
  • Service Type: Specialist Services
  • Service Contact:
  • Service Category: Community
  • Disabled access: Yes
  • Address: Trinity Building,  Eating Disorder Day Unit,  2nd Floor Springfield University Hospital, 15 Springfield Drive, London, SW17 0YF
  • Reception hours: Monday-Friday (Wednesday is a remote day)

About our care

The service has eight places and is for local patients from Wandsworth, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Kingston. The service is for people with anorexia nervosa who:

  • Have received outpatient treatment and it has not been intensive enough
  • Might otherwise need an admission to hospital
  • Require step-down treatment following an admission to Avalon ward

The service offers the following interventions:

  • 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) 
  • CBT psychology group
  • 1:1 psychological formulation
  • Family therapy
  • Social work
  • Therapeutic Eating
  • Meal preparation
  • Cookery skills
  • Food shopping support
  • Clothes shopping support
  • Lifestyle work
  • Community based interventions (restaurants, leisure activities)
  • Emotional management interventions
  • Physical health clinic
  • Occupational therapy assessments including ADL (activities of daily living) and sensory profiling

Who is this service for?

The service is for people with eating disorders who are motivated to change and require a more intensive treatment programme than what is provided by the outpatient service. The patient must be consenting to admission and have capacity.

Referrals and access

For a referral to be considered, patients need to be receiving care from the outpatient service or Avalon ward.

GP referrals for the outpatient service must be sent via the Electronic Referral Service (e-RS). All all other professionals can send a referral form by email to The service does not accept self-referrals.

Patient information