Norfolk family plea for better treatment for daughter with anorexia

Claire and John Cunningham fear the worst for their daughter. Credit: ITV Anglia News

The parents of a young woman with an eating disorder have said they are battling to get their daughter the life-saving help she needs.

Kirsten Cunningham was first diagnosed with anorexia at age 11, and has been hospitalised in many health units across the country ever since.

Now 19, she has been an in-patient at Hellesdon Hospital near Norwich since November 2018.

But, Kirsten’s family feel she isn't getting the right support for someone with her condition.

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Hellesdon Hospital have arranged a meeting with Kirsten's family. Credit: ITV Anglia News

Her father, John Cunningham said: “Hellesdon don't really deal with eating disorders as a speciality so she's getting some sort of day to day care, it's getting her through the day but she's not getting any therapy, any intensive support for the eating disorder itself.”

Stuart Richardson, Chief Operating Officer at the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust says it supports those raising concerns about the service and investigates every complaint.

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