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The UHN Intensive Eating Disorders program provides intensive treatment to people 17 years or older who are experiencing moderate to extreme anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, avoidant restrictive food intake disorder, and other eating disorders.
Note: Our program does not offer treatment for those who: require life-saving medical treatment, have a mild severity eating disorder, or are experiencing obesity or binge eating disorder.
Your doctor or nurse practitioner will submit a referral form. If we determine that your needs cannot be met by our program or your referral is incomplete and we cannot accept it, we will let your referring doctor or nurse practitioner know.
If your referral is accepted, we will call you to book your first assessment appointment. Patients are triaged and booked for their initial assessment when an appointment becomes available.
Our program includes:
Before your treatment begins, meetings will be scheduled with you and the care team. These meetings will help the care team to understand your mental health concerns and treatment goals. Based on these meetings, the care team will match the type of treatment (Inpatient Treatment or Virtual Intensive Outpatient Treatment) that meets your care needs.
The meetings will include:
After your initial assessments, you may be placed on the waiting list for Inpatient Treatment
or Virtual Intensive Outpatient Treatment, and admitted from the queue when the next spot is available. A treatment planning meeting will take place closer to the time of admission.
Wait times for assessment and treatment are always changing. We will provide you with an estimated wait time until your initial assessment after we receive your referral. After your initial assessment, we will provide you with an estimated wait time to treatment.
While you are waiting to start your treatment, your referring doctor or nurse practitioner will continue to monitor you. This helps to make sure you will receive emergency medical care if you need it while you wait.
Our program offers Inpatient Treatment and Virtual Intensive Outpatient Treatment.
The treatment we provide:
You will stay overnight at the hospital for approximately 3 to 6 weeks. How long you will stay at the hospital will depend on your needs and treatment progress.
During this time, we will work with you to:
During your stay, you will receive:
Your team will also help you to prepare to leave the hospital (discharge planning).
At the end of your stay, you may be referred to our Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program or your community providers will take over your care depending on your goals and treatment progress.
For more information about the unit, read the
Welcome to 8 South: Mental Health Inpatient Unit brochure.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we redesigned our in-person, group-based day program to a virtual format so that we can continue to provide care while keeping our patients and staff safe. This virtual format makes our program easier for patients to access (low barrier). Care is provided Monday to Friday.
You will participate in treatment through videoconference for 12 weeks. During this time, we will work with you to:
Virtual Intensive Outpatient Treatment offers a combination of one-on-one therapy multiple times per week and intensive treatment.
The one-on-one therapy will include:
Depending on your needs, these therapies will focus on helping you get on a pattern of eating regularly, change the way you think about body weight, body shape and food, or help you restore your weight. You will have one-on-one therapy for the entire 12 weeks.
The intensive treatment will include:
You will participate in the intensive treatment for the first 4 to 8 weeks.
A social worker may also work with you to make sure you are getting the services you need (this is called case management).
For more information, please call 416 340 3477 from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST.
You can also learn more about eating disorders and weight preoccupation at the
National Eating Disorder Information Centre.
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You will be contacted with information about your first appointment.
Please bring the following to your appointment. Not all of these items may be needed for your appointment. Our clinic or your referring doctor will let you know what you must bring.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
When you arrive, you will sign in with the receptionist. You will need your health card (OHIP card) to sign-in. If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
You may be given a Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have. The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you choose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don’t be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. Often our phone lines are busy or are turned over to the message centre so our staff can prepare for clinic visits or help other patients. We make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Our staff will try to reach you 2 times. If we are not able to reach you directly you may need to call us again.