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idual patients, referral to specialist services, and management of long-term eating disorders.

Lewis Macdonald, Deputy Health Minister, said,: 'The new NHS QIS guidance is vital in helping to tackle eating disorders as it sets out clear expectations for the management and treatment of people with these disorders.

'It should lead to more integrated care, improved communication among NHS staff and social work teams and allow special attention to be paid to the needs of children and young people with eating disorders.'

Dr Millar added: 'Central to our approach is that the care for each and every patient or service user should be individualised.

'Almost every person with eating disorders is different, so the care and treatment they receive has to be built round the individual.

'The result of our work is a flexible package of recommendations that will support healthcare professionals in improving the care they deliver.'

Mark Reilly, head of regional support at the Eating Disorders Association added: 'People from Scotland who ring our helpline tell us that their GP hasn't picked up on the problem or that they cannot get treatment.

'Most health boards haven't really done needs assessments so they don't know the scale of the problem and most don't have any provision of services.

'The guidelines are a welcome addition and we hope to see them acted on.

'The best indicator for recovery is people being treated early. It is really important that medical professionals pick up on the problem and (patients) are treated by specialists.'
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