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Statement on Emma Duffy Fundraising Story

We are aware of the story currently being circulated regarding Emma Duffy and the fundraising campaign that aims to raise £1,000,000 in order for her to secure inpatient treatment for an eating disorder at The Retreat. We have played no part in the decision regarding funding her care or carried out an assessment regarding her suitability for our services

In cases such as these, the usual process is that an individual is assessed by an NHS funding panel and if they meet the required criteria they are referred to external providers such as The Retreat to receive the specialist support they need. The Retreat is an independent charity providing NHS care and plays no part in this decision making process.

Treatment in our specialist eating disorder unit is intensive and complex and can deliver lifesaving outcomes. All of the people currently using this service are funded by the NHS at an annual cost of approximately £156,000 per annum. Individuals usually stay with us for a maximum of 12 months.

We have been in touch with the family to share this information with them and also advised them to seek support from their local Healthwatch in finding a way forward.