Sunrise Ward – Eating Disorders Unit

Sunrise Ward at Cygnet Hospital Ealing provides a highly specialised eating disorder service for women, including those with extremely low BMIs. The unit also specialises in treating women with a dual diagnosis of eating disorder with personality disorder, other mental health problems and self harm.

Sunrise focuses on supporting service users to attain a healthy BMI and prepare for a return home. We are one of only five national eating disorders services to achieve the ‘excellent’
accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists Quality Network for Eating Disorders (QED).

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Sunrise has two distinct areas to support people at varying points on their recovery journey, taking a person from admission through to rehabilitation and preparation for a return home.

Sunrise is able to admit individuals with extremely low BMIs, as low as 10 in some cases. The unit is highly experienced in providing nasogastric feeding, where this is deemed the most appropriate intervention.

Therapeutic Pathway

In order to fully address the complexity of the problems experienced by the service users on Sunrise Ward, treatment focuses on the following three elements:

  1. Weight restoration and physical harm reduction through the institution of an appropriate meal plan.
  2. Cognitive reconstruction via individual and/or group therapy to improve ego strength, conflict resolution, personal identity, and self-acceptance at normal body weight.
  3. Psychosocial functional enablement via individual and/or group psychoeducative, creative, and experiential activities.

Input into the therapeutic programme is offered by professionals from the following departments:

  • Dietetics
  • Occupational therapy
  • Psychology
  • Sessional therapists – including cognitive behavioural therapy, psychotherapy, psycho-drama, motivational enhancement therapy and compassion focused therapy
  • Alternative therapy – massage and yoga

Various approaches are offered on the therapeutic programme including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural therapy, EMDR, trauma-focused therapy and psychoeducation. We also offer a broad range of creative and physical therapies. Depending on the different stages of treatment and recovery, service users are referred to various groups and activities on the therapeutic programme.

Service User Profile

  • Female, 18+
  • Informal or detained
  • Primary diagnosis of eating disorder
  • Dual Diagnosis of personality disorder and eating disorder
  • May be detained under the Mental Health Act or informal
  • Extremely low BMI; including as low as 10
  • May have co-morbid presentations including:
    • Self-harm
    • Self-neglect
    • Complex challenging behaviour
    • Other associated complex needs
  • May have a history of trauma and/or abuse
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