Eating disorder travel fears

An increasing number of women are suffering eating disorders such as anorexia

An increasing number of women are suffering eating disorders such as anorexia

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A campaign group has hit out at the NHS due to a system that sees Northumberland patients with eating disorders having to travel to Darlington for treatment.

And it comes as figures show that the county has one of the highest rates of inpatient admissions for the condition in England.

Information from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) revealed that the number of patients admitted to hospital for eating disorders in Northumberland more than trebled to 41 between November 2012 and October 2013 from 13 in the same period the previous year. This works out at 13 per 100,000 people – the highest in the North East and one of the highest in England.

 

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