14 September 2018
By Elaine Murphy
The College of Medicine and Health (CoMH) at UCC will host a high profile launch today on Eating Disorders.
In attendance will be Tánaiste Simon Coveney TD, Junior Minister for Health Jim Daly, Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Flynn Lord Mayor Cork City, Mayor of Cork County Patrick Murphy.
The Eating Disorders Centre Cork (EDCC), Community Work Department , HSE and the Department of General Practice – UCC have come together to launch the findings of this crucially important report on the Eating Disorder Centre in Cork. People travel from all over the country to visit the Eating Disorder Centre.
The purpose of this report was to assess, and evaluate, the levels of efficacy and satisfaction with the service provided by the Eating Disorder Centre Cork (EDCC). 2018 sees EDCC celebrating 10 years of service delivery. When the Centre started the service in 2008, one person said, ‘everything we do must be for the benefit of the client’ and so we are very happy that overall the findings of the evaluation affirm that we have adhered to this aspiration’’ (Trish Shiel, Centre Manager).
The report not only communicates the mainly positive response of clients to the service provided by EDCC, but also helps provide a forward focus towards enhancing future service delivery. EDCC, originated from a dedicated group of people whose purpose was to reach out with a first-class service to people, their families and carers, who suffer with an Eating Disorder. Therefore, our determined goal was to maintain high standards of performance and excellence, both within the area of clinical service, and in the organisation. We believe this report shows that we have gone a long way toward achieving that goal, and we now look forward to building on these findings.
The centre has a higher proportion of females with eating disorders, some 90% of females to 10% males. The Centre is dealing with people between the ages of 12-60, a third of which are between 15-20 with young female girls particularly susceptible to an eating disorder. The onset of an eating disorder tends to happen at teenage years.
Trish Shiel, Centre Manager commented;
‘’The Eating Disorder Centre Cork has been a place of specialised treatment and consistent support for me. To have access to their services in Cork city has been a life-line to survival.’’
More information on the Eating Disorder Centre at http://www.eatingdisordercentrecork.ie/ and the UCC Department of General Practice at https://www.ucc.ie/en/gp