Newbridge has been Covid free during the pandemic

Rachel Matthews, Hospital Manager, discusses the balance of keeping the unit Covid secure while also maintaining family relationships. The onset of the Covid pandemic raised some very difficult questions for inpatient mental health services. Many units took the decision to close to all visitors and to suspend all home leave for several months, meaning children […]

Read more

Paper published on Newbridge’s compulsive exercise treatment

Newbridge’s treatment programme to address compulsive exercise has been published by an international journal. A manualised group therapy approach developed at Newbridge is effective at reducing compulsive exercise, an international journal report shows. The journal, Eating and Weight Disorders – Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, has published a paper on the Newbridge programme in […]

Read more

Transgender and eating disorders

In our service at Newbridge, we have experience of working with young people who have an eating disorder together with a gender identity which is different to their assigned identity from birth (or expressed difficulties with their biological gender). The relationship between the experience of transgender people and eating disorders is not yet fully understood, […]

Read more

What is pervasive refusal syndrome?

Pervasive refusal syndrome is a severe condition which is significantly different to anorexia nervosa, although some symptoms may seem similar. The characteristics of persuasive refusal syndrome are: Refusal of food and drink Social withdrawal (this may mean complete silence) Partial or complete lack of self-care Partial or complete refusal to walk or mobilise in any […]

Read more

Newbridge House is the focus of a BBC Radio programme

Newbridge House is the focus of a forthcoming BBC radio feature entitled THE TRUTH BEHIND, exploring eating disorders and our service. A parent of a young person treated at Newbridge describes their family’s experience, together with interviews with our dietitian, clinical manager, assistant psychologist and occupational therapist. The feature will be aired on the Caroline […]

Read more

What is the relationship between body image issues and eating disorders?

By Rachel Matthews, Hospital Manager, Newbridge House Body image is defined as the perception a person has about their own body and the thoughts and feelings arising from that perception. Body image issues are very common, manifesting in different ways: for example, a person may be under-weight but believes they are fat. Very commonly, people […]

Read more

Eating disorders relapse prevention: a family perspective

By Kay Gittins, Family Therapist, Newbridge House Towards the end of eating disorders treatment programmes, there is a focus on recovery and how to protect against an eating disorders relapse. The framework for this is often individual: how do I recognise the signs of a possible relapse? What are the possible triggers for me and […]

Read more

Winter celebration and fundraising brings everyone together

Young people took part in a wide-ranging, imaginative Winter Celebration and raised money for the eating disorders charity, Beat. This year’s Winter Celebration included young people devising and acting in famous roles from literature, many musical performances and Christmas songs in sign language. There were also factual presentations, for example, with the key stage three […]

Read more