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Yorkshire eating disorder patient 'had to beg to be hospitalised' due to lack of NHS help

A woman who was battling an eating disorder has spoken of how she had to "beg to be hospitalised" as a charity warns patients in parts of East Yorkshire are being turned away by the NHS.

Hull-based SEED support charity claim either being referred away or told there is no help available Credit: Editorial

Jess Mell, from Eastrington near Goole, was 18 when she was diagnosed with an eating disorder in 2015. She said that despite undergoing seven separate assessments over a six-month period, help was not forthcoming.

It comes as the Hull-based SEED support charity, which advises hundreds of people with issues like anorexia every year, claims people living in the East Riding are either being referred away or told there is no help available.

Marg Oaten, who co-founded the charity nearly 20 years ago, has told ITV that she is being contacted on a weekly basis by people from the area because it has no specialist support service.

It comes more than three years after Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire compiled a report on services, which warned some people felt they had to go outside the area to access expert help.

Miss Mell is now recovery after spending four months in a hospital Credit: Editorial

I was at a really crucial weight - apparently when I was in there (hospital) I was days away from my heart failing.

I was completely desperate - I had so many things I wanted to do with my life and couldn't see that ever happening.

I was lying about throwing away food, I was lying about what I was eating. My eating disorder just took me of all my energy and all my self worth really.

– former eating disorder patient, Jess Mell

Miss Mell, who is now 22 and in recovery, spent four months in a hospital unit in Grimsby and is now studying public health in a bid to help others.

She claims she was told that she was not eligible for support in Hull because she lived in the East Riding.

The SEED support charity says many more people are finding themselves in the same situation four years on.

The investment hasn't been there so people in Hull with a Hull GP can access Evolve - the Hull eating disorder day service - sadly, the people in the East Riding, they aren't getting a service.

Nine times out of ten those people are actually getting sidetracked to our services, which aren't a clinical service.

– co-founder and secretary, SEED eating disorder support charity, Marg Oaten
NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group has reiterated plans to develop a specialist community service Credit: Editorial

NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group has reiterated plans to develop a specialist community service for adults with eating disorders.

We are committed to creating a specialist community service for adults in the East Riding with eating disorders, this commitment is set out in the recently developed Adult Mental Health and Dementia System Strategy.

Currently, people over the age of 18 are able to access support through the Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust’s adult mental health service, who can refer to a specialist dietician for help and support as appropriate.

People can access this service by a referral from their GP, or they can refer themselves by calling 01482 301701.

– interim director of commissioning, NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Tracey Craggs