National patients referrals

The service accepts national referrals for adult men and women suffering from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other forms of atypical eating disorder.

We accept national referrals from any healthcare professional, subject to a cost per case contract being agreed with the relevant funder.

We also accept referrals for local patients from the North West Sector Consortium, which includes Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, Hounslow, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Hillingdon.
More information about referring local patients

Referral advice for healthcare professionals

If you are unsure about whether a referral is appropriate, need to discuss a referral, or require urgent advice, talk to Dr Frances Connan or another senior member of the team: telephone 020 3315 2104 or email

We will be happy to discuss or advise about risk assessment and management, appropriateness of referral to our service and to collaborate in developing the most appropriate care package for your patient.

For advice on funding arrangements, telephone us on 020 3315 2104.

Please send referrals to:
Dr Frances Connan, Consultant Psychiatrist
Fax number: 020 3315 2280

We will respond to referrals within one working day.

Emergency admissions

We are able to offer emergency admission if indicated by markers of clinical risk. Whenever possible, an assessment is offered prior to admission (outreach if necessary), but in extremis, admission can be offered without prior assessment.

Collaborative care with local services and support networks

We pride ourselves on forming and maintaining excellent communication with referrers and local services, providing:

  • Treatment goals and care plans co-produced with service users, their families, local service and the treatment team.
  • Regular updates to referrers and other local services, with frequency and format of progress reports collaboratively agreed.
  • Face-to-face conference call facilities to allow for involvement of local services and families or carers in Care Programme Approach meetings, ward rounds and joint reviews. 
  • Individualised treatment packages that best meet the patient’s specific needs.
  • Excellent communication and discharge planning to support the best possible outcome for the patient.
  • Ongoing support post-discharge (at no additional cost to the referrer) by monthly telephone consultation with a lead professional for a duration post-discharge equal to the duration of admission (but not longer than six months).
  • Further support post-discharge may include direct clinical care, or ongoing consultation and supervision for professionals, as required and with appropriate funding agreed.

Contact details:

Address: Vincent Square Eating Disorder Service, 1 Nightingale Place, London SW10 9NG
Phone: 020 3315 2104

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