Richardson Eating Disorder Service – Ward 31A Patient Information Leaflet

This leaflet provides information for the Richardson Eating Disorder Service (REDS) which is a specialist service which provides comprehensive assessment and treatment for eating disorders. It is for men and women aged 18 and over living in the northern part of the North East and Cumbria.

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  • Introduction

    This leaflet provides you with information that you will find useful during your stay. If you are not sure about anything in this leaflet please ask a member of staff.

  • What is the Richardson Eating Disorder Service (REDS)?

    The Richardson Eating Disorder Service is a specialist service based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle which provides comprehensive assessment and treatment for eating disorders.

  • Who is it for?

    The service is for men and women aged 18 and over living in the northern part of the North East and Cumbria.

  • Why do I need to be here?

    Most patients have developed an eating disorder that is enduring, complex or severe enough to impact on their physical and emotional well-being. However some with a milder condition are also admitted.

  • Arriving on REDS

    When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of the care team. They will explain what will happen during your stay and give you information.

  • What sort of things can I do at REDS?

    There is a weekly programme, which includes various groups and recreational activities. A timetable is up in the communal area.

    The programme includes individual and group therapy, with members of the nursing staff and therapists.

    There is the expectation that you will attend prescribed groups and therapies and take part in the activities of the Ward.

  • Teaching, audit and research

    We regularly have student health care professionals on placement at Ward 31A. If you are asked to contribute to their training, you will be asked for your consent.

    REDS is committed to audit and research, to establish what treatment is most helpful for whom, and to ensure that the treatment we provide is effective. During your admission you will be asked to complete questionnaires and other psychological measures. Whilst not completing these will not affect the treatment that you are offered, you are unlikely to gain the most benefit from your admission if you do not complete these measures.

  • Confidentiality

    Members of the Team share information on a ‘need to know’ basis in order for them to carry out their jobs effectively. Patient information is kept confidential according to NHS policies and practices. There may be occasions when we need to share information with outside professionals who are involved in your care. If you are over 18 then we may not share information about you with family and carers without your permission.

    All members of the Team write in your notes to record their contribution to your care plan. Under the Freedom of Information Act you have the right to access your notes.

  • Interpreters

    If you require an interpreter staff can arrange to book an appointment.

  • Travel information

    Contact Traveline: Tel: 0871 200 22 33

  • What if I have a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint about the service?

    If you want to make a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint you can:
    • talk to the people directly involved in your care
    • ask a member of staff for a feedback form, or complete a form on the Trust website (click on the ‘Contact Us’ tab)
    • telephone the Complaints Department 0191 245 6672
    • email Please note that information sent to the Trust via email is sent at your own risk
    • We are always looking at ways to improve services. Your feedback allows us to monitor the quality of our services and act upon issues that you bring to our attention.
    You can provide feedback in the following ways:
    – the quickest way for you to do this is to complete our short online survey at
    – complete a Points of You survey, available from staff.

  • Useful contacts

    • BEAT – beating eating disorders
    Gives access to an established and recognised network of help and support.
    Unit 1 Chalk Hill House
    19 Rosary Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1SZ
    Helpline: 0808 801 0677; Email:
    Youthline: 0808 801 0711; Email:
    Studentline: 0808 801 0811

    • Northern Initiative on Women’s Eating (NIWE)
    Offers a non-medical environment in which women can explore and understand their difficulties with food and emotion
    NIWE Eating Distress Service
    The Old Post Office
    5 Pink Lane
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 5DW
    Tel: 0191 221 0233

    • Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
    Offers confidential on-the-spot advice and support to patients, relatives and carers, helping you to sort out any concerns you may have about NHS care, guiding you through the different services available from the NHS.
    North of Tyne PALS, The Old Stables, Grey’s Yard
    Morpeth, NE61 1QD
    Freephone: 0800 032 02 02

  • Contact details

    Richardson Eating Disorder Service (REDS)
    Ward 31A
    Richardson Unit
    Leazes Wing
    Royal Victoria Infirmary
    Richardson Road
    NE1 4LP
    Tel: 0191 282 5654
    Patients’ phone: 0191 261 6895

    Please note that information sent to the Trust via email is sent at your own risk.

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    Ref, PIC/353/0322 March 2022 V7 Tel: 0191 246 7288

    Review 2025