Eating Disorders Service launched

Dr. Ed O'Mahoney, Sligo Mental Heath Services, Dr. Owen Mulligan, Sligo Mental Heath Services,  Alys Vaco, Carmel Loughlin, Assistant Director Nursing, Co. Sligo,  Mary Harron, Eating Disorders Practitioner, Emma Vaughan,  Elaine Kielty, Ciara McBride, Tomas Murphy, Area Dir. Nursing and Rosemary Sheridan, Site Liaison Nurse at the launch of Sligo/Leitrim Mental Health Services, Eating Disorders Service, at Sligo Regional Hospital.Photo: James Connolly25FEB15
It is widely recognised that Eating Disorders are illnesses with multiple and often severe physical and psychological symptoms and require a collaborative and comprehensive response.

It is widely recognised that Eating Disorders are illnesses with multiple and often severe physical and psychological symptoms and require a collaborative and comprehensive response.

Sligo/Leitrim Community Mental Health Service (MHS) have been actively working to develop and establish a specialised Eating Disorders Service as part of ongoing intensive evidence based service development plan. The main aims of the service are to provide a suite of evidence based therapies and interventions targeted to address Eating Disorders.

On Wednsday, February 25, Sligo Leitirm MHS launched its Eating Disorders Service. The service will be providing a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Mary Harron to work as an Eating Disorders Practitioner.

Speaking with the Leitrim Observer following the launch, Mary stated: “I am delighted to be taking up this important role and looking forward to working as part of the wider team to address the complex needs of individuals, carers and families whose lives are adversely affected by Eating Disorders.”

Tomas Murphy, Area Director of Mental Health Nursing Mental Health Service Sligo/Leitrim, added “We are delighted to be launching this service to the population of Sligo/Leitrim. The establishment of a specialised Eating Disorders Service will result in a comprehensive response to this illness and will ensure that our clients get the help and support that they need.”

The Sligo/Leitrim Community MHS will accept referrals from General Practitioners in Sligo/Leitrim West Cavan and South Donegal for Adults Aged 18-65 years.

For further information please contact Mary Harron, Eating Disorders Practitioner on Tel:071 9155120