WORKFORCE: Three new nurses are to join Surrey and Borders Partnership Foundation Trust’s eating disorder services this month as part of efforts to keep younger patients out of hospital and in the “family environment”.

The move means the trust’s eating disorder team will grow from eight members of staff, including two nurses, to 11 – with five nurses.

It said it was “thanks to new funding to develop the care pathway”, meaning some patients with advanced anorexia, bulimia or other eating disorders could receive intensive treatment and support in the community, rather than be admitted to hospital.

Jo Lynch, general manager for the trust’s specialist children and young people’s services, said: “This is one of the biggest shifts in focus for our service in recent years.

“It means that young people and their families will be spared the disruption and distress of a hospital stay, often far away from home.”